Medical Reserve Corps Region 4A
Throughout September, CDC and more than 3000 organizations—national, regional, and local governments, as well as private and public organizations—will support emergency preparedness efforts and encourage Americans to take action. For Preparedness Month 2016, the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response plans to release Public Health Matters blog posts, social media messages, a Twitter chat, and graphics. Each week, we will focus our messaging and products on the following unique areas:
Week 1: Prepare globally. Diseases know no borders, which is why we need to work together to stop epidemics quickly and close to the source. Partners around the world are combining efforts to prevent, detect, and quickly respond to public health emergencies of international concern.
Week 2: Prepare to respond. A cornerstone of response, Emergency Operations Centers(https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/eoc/emergency-operations-centers.htm) are where highly trained experts monitor information, prepare for known (and unknown) public health events, and gather to exchange information and make decisions in an emergency. No matter the size of a country’s EOC or the equipment they have available, trained experts who know what to do are the key to responding effectively and saving lives.
Week 3: Prepare locally. In the U.S., state and local health departments play a critical role in keeping people safe from public health threats. As Zika virus(https://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html) spread through the Americas, state and local officials began preparing for Zika virus in the U.S. The response suddenly became local when the first cases of local transmission of Zika virus were reported in a northwest Miami neighborhood(https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0729-florida-zika-cases.html).
Week 4: Prepare together. Research shows that close-knit neighborhoods are more resilient during a disaster. We can all volunteer to help our communities prepare and respond before, during, and after an emergency. The first people who respond to an emergency don’t have to wear a uniform or have a vehicle with a siren, but they all share one quality—they want to help others who are in trouble.
Week 5: Prepare yourself. One way you can prepare for emergencies is by having a kit ready to keep your family safe and healthy. It is important to have different types of kits for a variety of emergency situations: a kit for your home if you have to shelter in place, a kit with supplies for your car in case you have to evacuate, and a first aid kit in case someone is injured. If you live in a state(https://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/united-states.html) or area(https://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html) with the mosquito that spreads Zika virus, you may also want to put together a Zika Prevention Kit(https://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/prevention-kit.html) that can help prevent mosquito bites.
Current Events for Framingham MRC
The Second Thursday of each month through the summer, the MRC will have a tent at the Framingham Farmers Market! helpful information on sun safe behavior, tick and mosquito information, heart health and more!
Thursday September 29th, 2016 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Staging for Operation Stand Down with MAPHN
Friday September 30th, 2016 7:00 am - 2:00 pm Operation Stand Down. Registration closed.
Wednesday October 12th, 2016 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Flu Update and Training
Thursday October 20th, 2016 at 10:20 am Shake Out Drill
Saturday October 22nd, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Town Wide family Friendly Flu Clinic
Saturday October 22nd, 2016 9:00 am - 11:30 am Flu Clinic / Senior Health Fair
Saturday October 22nd, 2016 10:00 am - 2:00 pm National Drug Take Back Day Framingham PD
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety and resiliency of their communities. Volunteers include medical and nonmedical individuals. Please consider joining the Framingham MRC and helping to make Framingham a safer and more prepared community. Call the Board of Health at 508-532-5472 for more information.
Volunteer Liability Protections
For MRC Medical Volunteers
For MRC Non-Medical Volunteers
Learn about what MA Responds is at their website.
Free MRC Trainings & MRC Information
Receive FEMA Training on the following topics:
- Diversity Awareness
- Household Hazardous Materials
- Livestock in Disasters
The application can be mailed, emailed, or dropped off at the Framingham Board of Health. The law requires that all MRC Volunteers also sign a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI) form. Please print and return both forms. Your photograph will be taken for your badge when the completed forms are returned. Effective July 1st, 2016: all volunteers will be required to set up a Volunteer Profile in Ma. Responds.
Get Ready for Home Emergencies
Only 7% of Americans are adequately prepared for an emergency. Natural disasters, disease outbreaks and other hazards can occur at any time. September is National Get Ready Month. Have a "texting drill", to help get ready. For more info on getting ready for emergencies go to the American Public Health Association's website.
Preparedness for Kids
Sesame Workshop, along with its project partners, has created Let’s Get Ready! A video about planning together for emergencies with tips, activities, and other easy tools to help the whole family prepare for emergencies!