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WHY DO WE HAVE A MEDICAL RESERVE CORP UNIT IN MADISON COUNTY?

In the event of an actual or potential public health emergency, Madison County Health Department will implement measures to prepare, prevent or stop the spread of disease. Examples of these interventions could be providing needed preventative medication if available from the Strategic National Stockpile,  implementing Isolation and/or Quarantine Orders, tracking active disease cases and contacts to the case if infectious, and providing public information.  A public health emergency is defined as an emergency need for health care services to respond to a disaster, significant outbreak of an infectious disease, bioterrorist attack or other significant or catastrophic event. At the basic level an emergency situation occurs when the scale, timing and unpredictability of an event threatens to overwhelm our routine day to day capabilities. The health department will need an active, engaged, and mobilized community of residents, businesses and other organizational partners to be self prepared and to assist us with response. 

QUALIFICATIONS/WHAT WILL I DO

 Volunteers do not have to be an emergency preparedness expert or have previous medical training in order to volunteer.  Medical (licensed professionals such as Nurses, Physicians, Dentists, Pharmacists, and EMTs to dispense medications), Mental/Behavioral Health, and non-medical (clerical helpers, translators, people to assist with crowd control, and people to work in distribution or staging areas) volunteer opportunities are available. Volunteers should be in good health because if a public health emergency occurs, they could be called out to work up to twelve hour shifts. Other optional non-emergency volunteer opportunities with the Madison County Health Department may be available throughout the year. 

 

THE GOAL

Is for health department personnel and our volunteers to practice carrying out the mission. The mission in most cases will be to receive the drugs from the Strategic National Stockpile, take them to our dispensing site(s), and dispense the medications in a timely manner to the people who need them to help prevent further spread of disease whenever possible.  We are not about taking care of the sick, hospitals will be doing that. The health department’s role is to prevent disease so people don’t get sick. We have 269,282 people in Madison County who could be impacted and we only have thirty-seven employees at the health department. We cannot get this task done alone and we want to be prepared. Please, consider joining the Madison County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  
Cathy Paone, M.S.P.H., MRC Volunteer Coordinator, Madison County Health Department,
101 East Edwardsville Road, Wood River, IL 62095, cmpaone@co.madison.il.us, 618-296-6096

HOW TO JOIN THE MADISON COUNTY MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS

Below are the Volunteer Application and Emergency Service and Disaster Oath you need to complete in order to begin the volunteer application process.  Once we receive these completed and signed forms, we will forward the Emergency Service and Disaster Oath on to the county Emergency Management Agency to be signed there as well.  Once the Oath is signed by the Madison County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator, it is then given back to our offices where it will be filed along with your application and kept confidential except on a need to know basis, e.g. in the event of a region-wide or bi-state emergency that would require the help of volunteers from several or all local health departments.  You will be notified when your application is fully processed.   

Documents that I will need to review and complete:

       (Email completed forms to: cmpaone@co.madison.il.us or mail to address below)

       (Email completed forms to: cmpaone@co.madison.il.us or mail to address below)

 

STAFF

Cathy Paone, M.S.P.H.
Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Management Specialist
Madison County Health Department
101 East Edwardsville Road
Wood River, Illinois   62095
(618) 296-6096
cmpaone@co.madison.il.us

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