Region 4A MRC
Public Health Emergency Response
Our Mission: To provide public health volunteer medical services that supplement existing resources in case of disaster
Massachusetts fastest growing Medical Reserve Corps

 

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MA Repsonds

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Training Video

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USA MRC

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Massachusetts MRC

In 2003 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts created regions throughout the state under the newly established Center for Emergency Preparedness. Emergency Preparedness Region 4A is part of that system.

Family Readiness

Is your family prepared for an emergency? Click here to obtain instructions on how to make a "72 hour kit". Everything you need to face three days on your own.

 
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone!

I thought you would enjoy this CDC remake of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" that was sent out on the MRC list serve, http://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/12waysSong.htm.

Feel free to pass the link along.

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Year End Reflections

Dear MRC Leaders, Volunteers and Colleagues,

The year-end holidays are always a good time to reflect and focus on gratitude and giving. All of you give of yourselves every day, and your efforts at the local, state, regional and national levels make this program a true success. Your efforts are recognized and appreciated…as you can see in the attached letter from Dr. Regina Benjamin, our Surgeon General. I strongly encourage you to share this letter from her with your MRC volunteers.

MRC volunteers are involved in an extraordinary number and variety of activities every day to support and promote the health and safety of their communities. This past year, MRC leaders reported over 9,300 activities as part of their unit profiles! The initiatives supported, promoted and hosted by MRC units this year have positively affected countless lives. Through the actions of MRC leaders, volunteers, and partner organizations, public health in this country was strengthened, local vulnerabilities were reduced and communities grew more resilient.

I am truly thankful for all that you do! I am also very proud of, and honored to represent, the MRC. I wish you safe and happy holidays, and the best for the New Year.

Rob

Robert J. Tosatto, RPh, MPH, MBA
CAPT, USPHS
Director, Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps
Office of the Surgeon General

Room 18C-14, Parklawn Building
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

Wendy Diotalevi Earns Award

Hello Everyone~

I wanted to share this Certificate of Appreciation that was awarded to Wendy Diotalevi on November 18, 2011 at the MRC conference in Avon Connecticut I accepted it on her behalf.

She has tirelessly worked to promote Emergency Preparedness and Public Health as the MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Director. Please join me in honoring Wendy for the very valuable work she has done to support our current mission of preparing for disasters through recruiting, training, networking, and planning.

Leading the Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps she has helped develop and continues to support a wide range of advanced drills, trainings, developing response strategies, and networking to broaden Public Health support capacity in the community has brought a needed component to our regional disaster preparedness response.

She continues to promote the Medical Reserve Corps and Public Health in Weston and in our Region fortifying the current awareness of the need for a multi-agency approach in responding to crisis and disasters. As a Public Health Director and MRC Director her vision has been shown throughout Weston, our region and was recognized at the MRC conference in November with MRC partners from all over the country.

She has a greater understanding of the caliber of planning, services and value of the Medical Reserve Corps volunteers that can be offered in a crisis or disaster. That is a great asset to the strategic preparations many communities have been seeking to build. Seeing the further growth and implementation of the mission and provision of the Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps and the Weston Emergency Response Corps, it is a key component to the further development of the work we are all trying to accomplish.

Thank you Wendy!

MRC Certificate of Appreciation awarded to Wendy Diotalevi

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Region 4A Shelter Update

Hello Everyone~

As of today, all Region 4A Sheltering/Warming operations to my knowledge have stood down:

I want to thank you all for all to amazing work you did across the region to provide service to the people affected by the storm it is so greatly appreciated!

I would like to ask you to stay on stand-by for our partners in other regions in the state. We are still receiving requests for medical and non-medical volunteers to staff shelters outside our region (see post, below).

If you can help out anytime in the next week please sign up on our Deployment Page even if you can't do a full shift just let me know the times you can help out.

Thank you all so much!

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

774-278-0059

Shelter Requests from Central, Western MA

The Regional Red Cross Shelter at Westfield State University is requesting immediate assistance from MRCs to staff the shelter.

The request is for up to five volunteers, some of whom (up to three) they would prefer to have basic first aid training.

They would like to fill three eight hour shifts for at least the next 48 hours, including Wednesday night starting at midnight, and then daytime shift starting at 8:00 AM Thursday, and the evening shift beginning at 4:00 PM.

We are asking MRC volunteers from areas that were not impacted by the storm to consider deploying to Westfield if they are able to do so. The Westfield Police Department is managing the Westfield shelter and MRC volunteers will be acting under their direction.

We also have an outstanding request for one volunteer to go to a shelter at Ware High School. If you are able to find a volunteer to fill one or more shifts in Westfield or Ware please contact Michael.coughlin@state.ma.us and copy esf-8@massmail.state.ma.us.

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Shelter Update

Hello Everyone~

I wanted to update you on the latest shelter/warming operations across the region:

  • Hopkinton Showering/Charging Station up Tuesday November 1st 6pm-9pm
  • Bedford Shelter standing down
  • Sudbury shelter operations pending, status report later
  • Walpole Warming Center stood down at 10:00 pm last night
  • Acton Medical Shelter open
  • Hudson Warming Center pending, status report later
  • Lexington is a Regional Shelter at the High School 251 Waltham Street stood down at 7am and will opened at 5pm this evening November 1st
  • Natick Warming Station stood down
  • Wayland Shelter a Regional Shelter at The Middle School 201 Main Street will be standing down tonight
  • Marlborough Shelter standing down

We still need volunteers to be available to help, please register to cover a shift on the Deployment Page

If you need anything or have any shelter/warming operations in your community let me know~

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

774-278-0059

Shelter Update

Hello Everyone~

I wanted to update you on the latest shelter/warming operations across the region:

  • Hopkinton Showering Station up Tuesday November 1st 6pm-9pm
  • Maynard Shelter stood down at 6am this morning
  • Bedford Shelter open
  • Sherborn Warming Center no overnight
  • Sudbury shelter operations will open tonight
  • Walpole warming center stood down
  • Acton medical shelter activated
  • Hudson warming Center
  • Lexington is a Regional Shelter at the High School 251 Waltham Street stood down at 7am and will opened at 5pm
  • Natick warming station open overnight
  • Wilmington warming station 9am-9pm today
  • Wayland Shelter and is a Regional Shelter at The Middle School 201 Main Street open and accepts pets
  • Marlborough Shelter open

We still need volunteers to be available to help, please please register to cover a shift on the Deployment Page

If you need anything or have any shelter/warming operations in your community let me know~

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

774-278-0059

Shelter Update

Hello Everyone~

I wanted to update you on the latest shelter/warming operations across the region:

  • Maynard Shelter stood down at 6am this morning
  • Hudson warming Center will close at 2pm today
  • Lexington stood down at 7am and will re-open at 5pm
  • Natick warming station open
  • Wilmington warming station 9am-9pm today
  • Wayland Shelter open and accepts pets
  • Marlborough Shelter open

We still need volunteers to be available to help, please please register to cover a shift on the Deployment Page

If you need anything or have any shelter/warming operations in your community let me know~

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

774-278-0059

Shelter Staffing Needed Now

Hello Everyone~

We are starting to get a lot of requests for Shelter Staffing for tonight, if you can help out at all please register to cover a shift on the Deployment Page

Thank you in advance for your help!

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

774-278-0059

Power Outages Across MA

National Grid's Outage Central has a live map of power outages across the state

Shelter Operations -- Help Needed

Hello Everyone~

We are starting open warming stations in several 4A communities.

If you can help out with staffing the shelters please sign up for any shifts that you are available on the Deployment Page

Also if you need any help staffing your shelter in your community please let me know.

Whether or not you are availble to volunteer, please download and distribute these documents on dealing with an emergency

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

774-278-0059

October Surprise: Snowstorm Emergency across New England
New Deployment Resources

Hello Everyone~

We have some of the best volunteers in the country. Region 4A members have jumped into action after after blizards, hurricanes, and tornados.

All of this experience has allowed us to put together a checklist of materials every volunteer should have on hand for when disasters strike.

Download the What to bring when you deploy checklist PDF icon now.

And thank you again for all of your help!

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Help Needed for Fall Flu Clinics

Hello Everyone~

As you know it is flu season and many of our health departments are looking for help to vaccinate and operate the flu clinics there is a need for Medical and Non-Medical volunteers.

Many of the clinics will be run as Emergency Dispensing Sites.

Please take this opportunity to partner with other communities in Region 4A and meet other MRC volunteers.

To see the list click: http://www.region4a-mrc.org/schedules

Thank you in advance for your help~

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Drive Thru Flu Clinic in Acton on November 5th

Hello Region 4A MRC Volunteers,

The Acton Nursing Services will be having a Drive Thru Flu Clinic on Saturday, November 5th from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon at the DPW Garage located at 14 Forest Road.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to see how Acton's Drive through EDS works. It is very well run and could serve a good example of something your community may want to try as an alternative to a walk through EDS.

If you are available to help out please and mark your calendars.

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
and
Cheryl Petersen Acton MRC

Shelter Volunteers Needed

Hello Everyone~

I hope you and your families are all safe.

There is a need to staff the Southborough Shelter, that location may move if you can help I will give you the location.

There still is s need for the Marlborough Shelter 25 Union Street.

If you can help out please sign up on the deployment web-page
If you have a preference, please note which shelter you would prefer
As needs may change, though, volunteers who can help at any shelter are very much appreciated.

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

MEMA Live Twitter Feed

Hi Everyone~

This Twitter feed from Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Online contains up to the minute updates about emergency events across the state

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

MEMA's WebEOC having difficulties

Hi Everyone~

Web-EOC is having difficulties if you need to contact MEMA for any resources for your community please call the numbers:

  • ESF8 #508-820-2088 or #508-820-2086

Worcester county numbers are listed below in the message from MEMA:

URGENT MESSAGE FROM MEMA:

MEMA's WebEOC is experiencing significant problems. At this time, the Position Log board that facilitates resource requests is NOT working. Any community that has requested assistance through WebEOC during the past 24 hours should immediately telephone their MEMA Regional Office at the numbers listed below to confirm that MEMA received the request. Any new requests must be communicated to MEMA by telephone using the same numbers. If you lose telephone service, requests may be made via MEMA's VHF radio system or by posting your request to WebEOC through the Significant Events board (which is still working). We will let you know as soon as the problem is fixed.

  • Region III and Region IV: 413-750-1400
  • 413-750-1454 (Berkshire and Hampden Counties)
  • 413-750-1461 (Hampshire and Franklin Counties)
  • 413-750-1466 (Worcester County)

-- Kathleen Conley Norbut, M.Ed., LMHC
Coordinator, MRC Western MA

http://www.wmmrc.org

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Shelter Operations - Planning and Guidance

Hi Everyone~

I know many of you are preparing to set up shelters in your community if you lose power or have to evacuate people from their homes.

Below is a package of sheltering documents that will help you set up and run your shelter efficiently:

If there is other documentation you need please let me know as I may already have it.

We have dozens of volunteers signed up on the Region 4A site, so if you need staffing please let me know.

If you would like to use the webpage to have your volunteers register for shelter staffing, I can set up a link for your community's shelter if you need me to.

Please don't hesitate to call or email me if you need anything at all~

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
# 774-278-0059

Preparing for Hurricane Irene: Seeking Volunteers

Hello Everyone~

As you know Hurricane Irene is headed our way.

We want to ask you to release your volunteers so we can put them on standby for shelter operations, they can sign up for shifts by going to our deployment registration page.

Due to high winds and the nature of a hurricane, we are asking for people to sign up for 12 hour shifts.

My first concern is that you all stay safe~

Thank you in advance for your help!

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Hurricanes can cause prolonged power outages and flooding. There are several things you can do to protect your cold/frozen food to prepare for this possibility. Please clink on the link provided, to view fact sheets for safe food handling in emergencies.

USDA's Severe Storms and Hurricanes Guide web page and PDF document: Severe Storms and Hurricanes Guide PDF icon

WCVB TV 5 highlights MRC tornado assistance

Hi Everyone~

Look at this awesome article about the donations they made to the victims of the tornados!

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Shelter Operations Complete.
Thank you, volunteers!

Hello Everyone~

Great news, the Shelters will be closing Friday July 1st!

It has been a very long deployment it is with tremendous gratitude that I write to you regarding the enormous shelter operations efforts that you have conducted for the month of June.

I know that you dedicated many, many hours and energy beyond the call of duty as volunteers, I am so grateful for all of the time you all gave selflessly to the victims of the tornados, the compassion and caring you showed to these people will never be forgotten.

This deployment has been another wonderful opportunity to expand our ability to respond to a disaster, a deployment like this strengthens and builds our units capacity, our volunteers who served in the shelters as managers and staff have gained valuable experience that could never be replicated in a class or an exercise.

It has been such a pleasure working with you all; your professionalism and patience have made this operation run so smoothly given the situation.

The work you have done to care for the people from the Springfield and West Springfield communities during this difficult time will set a great example for other communities that may have to deal with a long term shelter operation.

As always I am honored to work with such an amazing group of volunteers!

Thank you so much!

Liisa Jackson
Massachusetts Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
www.region4a-mrc.org

Springfield Staffing Still Needed

Hello Everyone~

First of all I want to thank you all for your continued support for the Shelter operations!

We are in desperate need of coverage over the next few weeks.

Our greatest need right now is the 11pm to 7am overnight shifts including the shift overnight tonight, there is an opportunity to sleep if you do an overnight plenty of cots and police officers are on site as well.

Anyone can register here

Thank you in advance for your willingness to help and continued support!

Thank you so much~
Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Springfield Staffing Still Needed

Hello Everyone~

We are still looking for shelter staffing though the weekend, please sign up on our web-page for shifts that you can cover Shelter Location:
West Springfield Shelter
Moses building (4-H)
1305 Memorial Drive
West Springfield, MA

Register here

Thank you so much~
Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A MRC Coordinator

ESF8 is opening at Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Hello Everyone~

ESF8 is opening at Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

We have not received requests for assistance for MRC volunteers at this time, but ask that you alert your MRC members that assistance may be requested from communities affected by the tornadoes and severe weather.

MRC volunteers can register on the MRC web-page if they are available to help with Shelter Operations, we will contact them if there is a need: http://www.region4a-mrc.org/deployment/schedule

Thank you so much
Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A MRC Coordinator

American Red Cross Seeking Assistance

Dear MRC Volunteers~

The American Red Cross has requested assistance from the Medical Reserve Corps.

The Red Cross is facing significant gaps in staffing for general population shelters in the gulf area, for current operations in response to the tornadoes as well as anticipated operations for the expected flooding. The pool of local Red Cross volunteers has been tapped, but is insufficient to meet the current or projected needs.

The Red Cross is currently looking for licensed or certified health and mental health MRC volunteers who may be willing, able and approved to deploy as a Red Cross volunteer to support their general shelter operations. Prior Red Cross health/mental training would be a plus, but they are willing to take individuals without the training (as they will provide just in time training prior to deployment).

Note This is not a Federal or State deployment of MRC volunteers. This is a voluntary activation to support our partner organization If you have MRC members that you would approve for deployment with the Red Cross, please tell them to contact the local Red Cross chapter (www.redcross.org) to begin the activation process and to receive just-in-time training as necessary. Note that these MRC volunteers must meet the following Red Cross eligibility criteria as they would deploy as a Red Cross volunteer.

Eligibility Criteria for Red Cross Disaster Health Services The individual must: a. Have an active, unencumbered, and unrestricted license or certification (i.e. RN, LPN, LVN, NP, EMT, MD, DO) AND b. Current CPR Eligibility Criteria for Red Cross Disaster Mental Health The individual must: a. Have an active, unencumbered, and unrestricted independent license (license to practice without supervision) and masters degree as a clinical social worker, psychologist, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychiatric nurse, or psychiatrist OR b. Have an active, unencumbered, and unrestricted state license or state certification and masters degree as a school psychologist or school counselor issued by a state board of education OR c. Have an active, unencumbered, and unrestricted state license and a bachelors degree (BSN) as a registered nurse and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification for psychiatric and mental health nursing to include RN-BC or PMHNP-BC or PMHCNS-BC. DMH professionals are expected to work within their areas of competence when serving the American Red Cross.

The licensing of mental health professionals is determined by individual states or U.S. territories whose regulations must be followed by the Red Cross.

The Red Cross has agreed to accommodate groups of MRC members who wish to deploy together. Any questions about this request should be directed to the local Red Cross chapter, as they are getting instructions from the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross. Thank you for your consideration of this request, and for your willingness to assist our partner in this time of need.)

Please
if you are available to help~

Liisa Jackson
MA Region 4A MRC Coordinator

Region 4A MRC Conference This Saturday

Hello Everyone!

The Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps conference is this Saturday, May 14th, 2011.

The converence will be hosted by The MA firefighter Academy 1 State Road Stow, MA

We are very excited about our Speakers and trainers. See the agenda below!

MA Region 4A MRC Conference Agenda DRAFT

Times Content Overview
8:30-9am Registration Conference attendees should check in at this time
9am-10am Opening Remarks: Liisa Jackson MA Region 4A MRC Coordinator
Key Note Speaker: Captain Eugene Rothman DMAT response to disasters
  • Regional Report
  • National Report
  • Presentation on Haiti DMAT response, altered standards of care during a disaster
10am-10:15 Break Coffee and snacks
10:15-11:45 Breakout sessions
  • Shelter Simulation Table top exercise
  • MRC Leadership training
  • Basic First Aid
  • Emotional Resilience training part 1
  • SMART training
11:45-12:45 Lunch and networking
1:00-2:30 Breakout sessions
  • CPR with AED
  • Firefighters academy tour
  • Special Populations planning
  • MRC Leadership training
  • SMART training

We are planning to end the conference with a Competition Challenge then an awards ceremony!

You can register for the conference on the web-page: http://www.region4a-mrc.org/schedules

We look forward to seeing you there~

Liisa Jackson
Massachusetts Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Region 4A to receive 2011 OCVMRC Mentor Award

Hello Everyone!

The Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (OCVMRC) strives to recognize members of the growing MRC network on a regular basis, both formally and informally. It is the MRC volunteers and leaders, as well as the housing and partner organizations, and other key stakeholders, who have helped build and sustain the MRC program as we know it. And for that, they are most worthy of being recognized.

The OCVMRC is proud to announce this year's MRC Award Recipients. The awards will be presented during the MRC Awards Luncheon at the 2011 Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness and Response Training Summit in Dallas, TX on Tuesday May 3rd from 11:45am –1:15 pm.

Mentor Award – The Mentor Award honors an MRC unit that has successfully collaborated with other members of the MRC network over the past year to share practices, participate in activities, and carry out initiatives that have strengthened individual and collective groups of MRC units.

2011 Recipient:
Massachusetts Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps (MA)

Many submissions were received in each category and this year's winners embody qualities that can be achieved by any and all MRC units.

Congratulations to all units, volunteers, or organizations being recognized. Your work makes the MRC network a stronger one and communities across the Nation more resilient.

Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps
Office of the Surgeon General
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18C-14
Rockville, MD 20857
www.medicalreservecorps.gov

Region 4A to receive 2011 OCVMRC Mentor Award

Hello Everyone!

The Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (OCVMRC) strives to recognize members of the growing MRC network on a regular basis, both formally and informally. It is the MRC volunteers and leaders, as well as the housing and partner organizations, and other key stakeholders, who have helped build and sustain the MRC program as we know it. And for that, they are most worthy of being recognized.

The OCVMRC is proud to announce this year's MRC Award Recipients. The awards will be presented during the MRC Awards Luncheon at the 2011 Integrated Medical, Public Health, Preparedness and Response Training Summit in Dallas, TX on Tuesday May 3rd from 11:45am –1:15 pm.

Mentor Award – The Mentor Award honors an MRC unit that has successfully collaborated with other members of the MRC network over the past year to share practices, participate in activities, and carry out initiatives that have strengthened individual and collective groups of MRC units.

2011 Recipient:
Massachusetts Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps (MA)

Many submissions were received in each category and this year's winners embody qualities that can be achieved by any and all MRC units.

Congratulations to all units, volunteers, or organizations being recognized. Your work makes the MRC network a stronger one and communities across the Nation more resilient.

Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps
Office of the Surgeon General
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18C-14
Rockville, MD 20857
www.medicalreservecorps.gov

Annoucing the Region 4A MRC Conference - May 14, 2011

Hello Everyone!

We are pleased to announce the date of the Region 4A MRC conference, we had a wonderful response to our survey and the most popular day was Saturday May 14th at Massachusetts Firefighting Academy State Road Stow, MA 01775

We are very excited about our Speakers and trainers!

Michael Gurnick Ashland MRC Chairman and MA Firefighters academy Trainer

Key Note Speaker: Dr. James Geiling
Dr. Geiling will discuss the Haiti Deployment Mobile Medical Hospitals, Altered Standards of care during a large scale disaster.

  • Shelter Simulation Table top exercise
  • MRC Leadership training
  • Basic First Aid
  • Emotional Resilience training part 1

Our Luncheon speaker will be Captain Eugene Rothman speaking on the DMAT response to disasters.

  • CPR with AED
  • Special Populations planning
  • Emotional Resilience training part 2
  • MRC Leadership training
  • SMART training

We are planning to end the conference with a Competition Challenge. We are encouraging each community MRC to sign up for this as a team of 2-4 for some fun and games!

Once we have all of the information together we will send it along to you. You can register now

Looking Forward to Seeing You All There!

Liisa Jackson
Massachusetts Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Message from the United States Surgeon General

Dear MRC Leaders and Volunteers,

As we embark on a new year, many people will resolve to make positive changes in their lives. I encourage you to capitalize on this by promoting and being involved in public health initiatives in 2011. The Medical Reserve Corps is in a key position in communities across the country to directly impact the health of Americans. Your reach and breadth of knowledge, skills, and service is inspiring. I am excited by the possibilities for the MRC!

One way the MRC can make a huge impact right now is through First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign. This campaign has an ambitious national goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight. Let's Move! combats the epidemic of childhood obesity by engaging every sector that impact the health of children and providing schools, families and communities with simple tools to help kids be more active, eat better, and live healthier. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers can play a key role in carrying out the objectives of this important campaign in their communities.

Let's Move Faith and Communities inspires healthy eating and physical activity. To learn more about how you can further awareness and prompt action in communities across the country, visit: Lets-Move-Toolkit-Faith-Communities.pdf. Let's Move Cities and Towns encourages mayors and elected officials to make a commitment to a long-term, sustainable, and holistic approach to fight childhood obesity, recognizing that every city is different, and every town will require a distinct approach to the issue. Including the MRC in the approach can be part of that commitment. More information can be found at http://www.letsmove.gov/officials-step-1.php.

As community level volunteers with a focus on health, you are in an ideal position to directly impact children's health and make a real difference in solving the problem of childhood obesity. Each encounter you have with a parent or caregiver is an opportunity to help them understand the importance of optimal nutrition and physical activity from the earliest moments of life through adulthood. You can, for example, make BMI screening a part of your unit's public health activities, talk to new parents about first foods and breastfeeding, and consider sharing your expertise with other community groups and organizations that support childhood health and wellness.

Thank you for the efforts you are already taking to improve the health and safety of your communities. I know that, together, we can do even more to reduce the number of overweight and obese children.

Kind regards,
Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA
VADM, USPHS
United States Surgeon General

Region 4A MRC On Standby
Jan 18-19: Snow, Sleet Expected

Hello Everyone~

We are putting our MRC on stand-by, this snow storm has the potential to knock out power, we are asking you if you can help staff shelters if there is a need.

If you are available to help please sign up on the MRC deployment web-page. You can sign up for more than one shift.

Finally, should severe weather strike, please make it a priority to keep yourself, your household, and your neighbors prepared and safe with their 72 hour kit ready, too.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to help~

Liisa Jackson
Massachusetts Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
# 508-625-1141 (phone/fax)
# 774-278-0059 (cell)

January 12 Blizzard : Stand Down

Hello Everyone~

We can stand down there is no more need for shelter operations staffing at this time.

I want to thank you all for your amazing response, I know all of you were affected by the storm as well. I am so honored to be working with such a dedicated group of people, thank you for all that you do for the citizens of Massachusetts and thank you for all that you do to keep the MRC strong with all of you ongoing activites.

Have a wonderful day~

Liisa Jackson
Massachusetts Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
# 508-625-1141
# 774-278-0059



Thank you Liisa and great job as always!

The City of Waltham is very proud to have your assistance for coordinating the MRC during any and all emergencies.

Michael Delfino
Sr. Public Health Inspector
Waltham Health Department

January 12 Blizzard Preparations

Hello Everyone~

We have another storm before us, we are asking you to forward this email to your MRC volunteers to request them to be on stand-by, they can register on the Region 4A Web-page to give us their availability:

http://www.region4a-mrc.org/deployment/schedule

Thank you in advance for your help~

Liisa Jackson
Massachusetts Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
# 508-625-1141
# 774-278-0059

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for all of southern New England with the exception of the Cape, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the Cape and Vineyard from late tonight through Wednesday evening. A storm watch is not currently in effect for Nantucket, however on Nantucket a High Wind Watch has been posted from late tonight through Wednesday evening. Snow will overspread Rhode Island and Connecticut between 10 and midnight, the Boston and Worcester areas between 1 and 3 am, and southern New Hampshire by 4 am Wednesday morning. It will become very heavy within a few hours after starting. By the early morning rush hour, we may be seeing snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. The potential exists for areas of thunder snow, which could bring snowfall accumulations of 2 to 3 inches per hour. The best chance of thunder snow would be starting towards daybreak on Wednesday, lasting through Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service is predicting a widespread 12-16 inch snowfall across Massachusetts (except 8 to 16 inches in Berkshire County). Northeast winds becoming Northwest at 20-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph inland; 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph along the MA coast, but gusts to 60 mph are possible on Cape Cod and Nantucket. The strongest winds are expected to start a few hours before dawn and last through the day.

Steps you can take to protect yourself and your family:

The "Winter Storm Warning" classification by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency means: "Take action, the storm is in or entering the area."

MEMA recommends that residents take the following steps to protect themselves in the case of an approaching storm:

  • Trim dead tree branches and limbs close to your home. Ice, snow and wind can combine to snap limbs that can take down power lines or damage your home.
  • Clean gutters. Melting snow and ice can build up if gutters are clogged with debris. When thawing begins, the water can back up under your roof and eaves causing damage to walls and ceilings Check your homeowner's insurance policy to ensure adequate coverage.
  • Have your chimney flue checked for any buildup of creosote and cleaned if necessary to lessen the risk of fire.
  • Have sufficient heating fuel, as regular sources may be cut off. Have the option of emergency heating equipment and fuel (a gas fireplace, wood burning stove or fireplace) so you can safely keep at least one room livable. Be sure the room is well ventilated.
  • Ensure that your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors are working correctly and have fresh batteries. Check your outside fuel exhaust vents, making sure that they are not obstructed by snow or ice. Never use cooking equipment intended for outside use indoors as a heat source or cooking device.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows to keep cold air out.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide insulation.
  • To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Let faucets drip a little to avoid freezing.
  • Know how to safely shut off gas, electric power and water valves.
  • If your water supply could be affected by a power outage (a well-water pump system), be prepared to fill your bathtub and spare containers with water. Water in the bathtub should be used for sanitation purposes only, not as drinking water. Pouring a pail of water from the tub directly into the bowl can flush a toilet.
  • If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well.
  • If electric power is lost, do not open the refrigerator or freezer door. Food can stay cold in a full refrigerator for up to 24 hours, and in a well-packed freezer for 48 hours (24 hours if it is half-packed). If you have medication that requires refrigeration, check with your pharmacist for guidance on proper storage during an extended outage.
  • Review the process for manually operating your electric garage door.
  • Ensure your Winter Emergency Supply Kit is stocked with supplies to enable you to survive on your own for at least three to five days. There should be a first-aid kit, essential prescription medicines, non-perishable foods (those that require no refrigeration such as canned goods, dried fruits and nuts), a manual can opener, water (one gallon per person, per day), flashlights and extra batteries along with a portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio, baby-care or pet supplies items, extra blankets, sleeping bags and a fire extinguisher.
  • Ensure that your Winter Emergency Car Kit is well stocked to keep you and your vehicle safe.
  • Be a Good Neighbor. Check with elderly or relatives and neighbors who might need additional assistance to ensure they have made adequate preparations.
 
 
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Volunteer Benefits

Benefits of volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps:

  1. Serve your family, friends, neighbors and loved ones in your town and beyond
  2. Be part of a team trained to provide medical, public, and mental health support during an emergency
  3. Network with other medical and public health professionals, as part of a critically important and specialized team
  4. Participate in initiatives that enhance and strengthen public health such as vaccination and health education programs
  5. An MRC trained volunteer could be part of a team mobilized to serve your country during a national emergency such as Hurricane Katrina
  6. Free training and continuing education credits for topics such as:
    • Personal safety in emergency situations
    • Sheltering
    • Emergency management
    • Incident Command System
    • Existing local emergency plans, procedures, and facilities

 

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