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Woodford County MRC/CERT
Mission: Strengthen community response to disasters that affect Woodford County through the development of a team of volunteers composed of health professionals and support staff: Trained to support first responder agencies in time of disaster; trained to assist in a public health emergency, providing surge capacity to address public health challenges and promote public health priorities in non-disaster time.
Vision: The Woodford County Health Department MRC will be a widely recognized and respected community resource.
Shelter Response Team
Volunteers are needed to assist at a shelter the next time one is needed in Woodford County. A shelter may be opened in response to a severe weather event. Shelters have been opened after snow and ice storms in the past and remained open for up to seven (7) days.Training is provided. Registering as a volunteer does not mean you have to be available. It adds to the list of individuals that can be contacted if a shelter needs to be opened.
CERT Training Pictures
Fire Safety Training
Search & Rescue Training
MRC/CERT : What Does the Team Do?
The Woodford County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)/Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are volunteers trained to help in an emergency. The unit started in 2003, after an ice storm left the community without power for seven (7) days.
The health department and emergency management work together on the MRC/CERT initiative. The Team is recognized in the county emergency operations plan as a community asset and assigned response roles. The unit is housed in the health department. It is trained in Incident Command and recognized by the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General on the National Website: www.medicalreservecorps.gov
Volunteers on the team have medical and non-medical backgrounds. The minimum age to volunteer is 18 years. Non-medical volunteers will fill support roles in an emergency. MRC/CERT volunteers may be activated to assist the health department or other emergency response agencies. They are trained to staff a Point of Dispensing (POD) clinic and to support the receipt and distribution of emergency supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) www.bt.cdc.gov/stockpile/ . Examples of when volunteers may be needed include: Severe weather (earthquake, tornado, ice storm, flooding), a community-wide mass medication clinic for the public to receive antibiotics or vaccine in a short time span, to suport a shelter, or to work with first responder agencies in time of disaster. CERT training is available. Information on CERT is located below.
- Volunteers are committed to assisting, if they are available, during time of need.
- Pre-credientialed and pre-trained volunteers are a resource in time of disaster.
- Volunteers train to work as a team.
Volunteers Have the Opportunity to Train in CERT
What is CERT?
How does CERT benefit the community?
People who go through CERT Training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site.
Why take CERT Training?
Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, there can be an emergency or disaster that can overwhelm the community's immediate response capability. While adjacent jurisdictions, State and Federal resources can activate to help, there may be a delay for them getting to those who need them. CERT Training provides people with the the decision-making, organizational, and practical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors, and associates while waiting for help. The goal of the CERT Program is to help people respond effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.
1. Disaster Preparedness / Incident Command
2. Fire Safety
3. Disaster Medical I
4. Disaster Medical II
5. Search & Rescue
6. Disaster Psychology / Communications
7. Terrorism / Weapons of Mass Destruction
8. Disaster Simulation (mock disaster to test skills learned)
9. Intro to Large Scale Clinics / Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) & Intro to National Incident Management System (NIMS)
10. MRC Standing Operating Guidelines & Team Recognition
Important Disaster Preparedness Information (Emergency Preparedness & Planning) for You and Your Family: http://emergency.cdc.gov/planning/
- Sheltering-in-Place: http://emergency.cdc.gov/planning/Shelteringfacts.asp
- What Can You Do to Prepare: http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/
- Preparing for an Earthquake: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/
- Tornadoes: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/
- Extreme Heat: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/
- Floods: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/
- Winter Weather Protection: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/
Earthquake Information From KY Emergency Management