By Ronald G. Rios
Middlesex County Freeholder Chairperson,
Committee of Public Health and Education
It is a well-known fact that Americans volunteer to assist their community after emergencies and disasters.
Now that the World Health Organization has declared the current novel H1N1 Influenza A virus (also known as Swine Flu) as a pandemic, volunteers are needed now, more than ever, to support public health activities in the various phases of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from an emergency event.
Won’t you consider helping your community in times of need?
The Middlesex County Public Health Department sponsors the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program, which may prove to be a great opportunity for practicing and retired public health professionals and other citizens to volunteer their time during an emergency event.
Volunteers can be used during mass vaccination or medication clinics, public shelters or outbreak investigations.
Under the direction of the Health Department’s Health Officer, MRC volunteers will receive training in Core Competency areas so that they can be prepared to respond to an emergency when needed.
This initiative, an integral part of the United States Citizen’s Corp initiative, provides an opportunity for citizen volunteers to enhance the public health’s emergency response capabilities.
Through coordination and training, volunteers can help overcome the challenges that follow an emergency event for the protection of the more than 788,000 people who call Middlesex County home.
You can help out your community by becoming a MRC volunteer. If you are interested in joining, please complete an application online at https://njmrc.nj.gov/hcpr/jsp/signup.jsp; or contact Somini John at 732-745-8923 or Somini.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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