WASCO COUNTY Medical Reserve Corps members, from Left: Kristy Beachamp, Deitra Greene, Susan Froelich, Connie Jubitz, Leigh Stratton, Dianne Kerr, Grace Anderson and Andrea Peña, promote an emergency preparedness drill.
Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps is part of a nationwide network of locally based volunteer units that train and prepare community members to help with disaster response.
Its members can also volunteer in the community in non-disaster times as well as filling gaps in health service to their community. Participation in the Medical Reserve Corps is open to all, regardless of whether or not a person lives or works in Wasco County.
The last Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps exercise included a Point of Dispensing where volunteers were activated to carry out a mass prophylaxis (prevention treatment) campaign scenario. The exercise took place at the Wahtonka campus where fellow Medical Reserve Corps volunteers participated in the set up, Just-In-Time training, job action sheet with individual roles and the demobilization of the mobile response trailer provided by North Central Public Health.
The unit is actively recruiting volunteers from all health fields, including pharmacists, mental health professionals, nursing students, alternative medicine providers, as well as retired and non-licensed volunteers.
For more information about the Medical Reserve Corps, or to learn more about volunteering, visit www.medicalreservecorps.gov or call Andrea at (541) 506-2602.