The Tama County and Poweshiek County Medical Reserve Corps will host a training session for all individuals who want to be a part of the reserve corps to assist others during crisis and disasters. The conference will be Wednesday, June 18, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Grinnell College's Recreation and Athletic Center, 1201 10th Avenue, Grinnell.
Conference program includes presentations by Clark Christenson, Logistics office for the Center for Disaster Operations and Response, and the Medical Reserve Corps state coordinator for Iowa Department of Public Health; Sonia Jordan, MRC regional coordinator for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska; Mitch Nordmeyer, Emergency Management Coordinator for Butler County, Iowa, presenting on managing volunteers and Brenda Clark Hamilton, leadership motivational speaker, presenting: "Bring Your A-game to Every Aspect of Your Life."
An American Red Cross representative will discuss shelter operations.
Volunteers in the Medical Reserve Corps donate their time and expertise to assist individuals with health related issues during an emergency. Tama County's MRC members assisted with sheltering during a wide-spread power outage, administration of H1N1 vaccine during the height of the infection, and provided first aid during the clean-up of the derehco wind storm of 2011. Poweshiek County's MRC volunteers were called upon to assist with RAGBRAI first aid services and will assist with health promotion in the county.
To reserve your space at this free conference, contact Kristy Reedy, Grinnell Regional Public Health, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 641-236-2385 for a registration form by June 11.