September is National Preparedness Month. You can start doing your part to build a more resilient Boston by sharing this important information on Facebook and Twitter and taking the online pledge to prepare.
What do teachers, nurses, physicians, retirees, students, and other community members all have in common? They can all be found volunteering with the Boston Medical Reserve Corps (Boston MRC).
The Boston MRC is a community-based volunteer program managed by the Boston Public Health Commission's Office of Public Health Preparedness that prepares for and may respond to emergencies to support the public health of the City of Boston. Don't let our name fool you, the Boston MRC accepts volunteers from throughout the community, whether you're in the medical field or not.
Preparing your community can mean a wide variety of activities. It can range from handing out information on how to build an emergency kit, to helping community members learn about various resources within their community. Throughout each year, the Boston MRC participates in a handful of exciting events, including:
- Assisting with injured runner tracking at the annual Boston Marathon. Boston MRC members assist with scanning in and tracking injured runners and bystanders along the course and at the finish line.
- Distributing preparedness materials in their neighborhoods as a part of community outreach.
- Every winter, Boston MRC members support the City's efforts to increase access to the flu vaccine by volunteering at our annual public flu clinic.
The Boston MRC holds special topic courses a few times a year and shares additional learning opportunities via email and social media. Past courses have included:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Management: Boston Disaster Behavioral Health – Participants learn the basic philosophy and model for participating in deployments, as well as beginner-level skills to participate in group interventions to reduce the impact of sudden traumatic events.
- Overdose Prevention Education and Narcan Training – Participants learn the basic identifiers of an overdose and how to assist an overdosing an individual until EMS arrives.
If you would like to make a difference in your neighborhood and community, consider joining the Boston MRC today! Interested volunteers can find out how to join by visiting our website, http://www.bostonmrc.org