The Ashland County-City Medical Reserve Corps Unit 1181
Check out some of our activities shown on the AshlandOhioMRC Youtube Channel here. The Ashland County-City Medical Reserve Corps, a part of the Ashland County-City Health Department, exists to serve Ashland City and Ashland County, the 15th largest micropolitan area in the State of Ohio. The Ashland County-City MRC addresses surge capacity in a local disaster, including assisting extended-care facilities (medical surge), mass-care, and mass prophylaxis/vaccination clinics or other major public health needs. The unit is partnered with the Red Cross, Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Ashland County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Samaritan Hospital and the Ashland Salvation Army to be coordinated in its response to a disaster. It does not limit recruitment to just licensed health and medical personnel, but includes those that have skills that can also be of great benefit in disaster operations, including secretaries, medical file scanners, public service announcement writers, photographers, call specialists, educators, supply transporters, inventory specialists, etc. This unit continually recruits members for its MRC by making presentations and/or delivering brochures to its municipal libraries, meetings of professional organizations, mailings, health fairs, and other community gatherings. The unit has a core of 48 volunteers and has developed a core curriculum based on the NACCHO-recommended MRC core competencies. MRC volunteers are included in exercises planned by the Ashland County Health Dept., Ashland County Emergency Management Agency, the Ashland County Local Emergency Planning Committee, North East Central Region 5 of Ohio Homeland Security, and Ashland Red Cross. We encourage all prospective volunteers to contact the Ashland County-City MRC Director.
Our Two-Fold Mission Statement is: We prepare to assist pre-identified Ashland County agencies in the deployment of critical resources in the event of a local emergency. In times of non-emergency, we promote the health education objectives of the U.S. Surgeon General and provide depth to fulfilling the strategic goals of the Ashland County-City Health Department.
The ACCMRC Vision Statement is: The vision of the ACCMRC is to enlist citizen volunteers to assist in the establishment of an organized pool of resources capable of being deployed to support the Ashland County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (ACOHSEMA), Ashland County Chapter American Red Cross (ACARC), Samaritan Regional Health System (SRHS), Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board (ACMHRB), Salvation Army of Ashland, Ohio (SAAO), and the Ashland County-City Health Department (ACCHD) in the event of a major emergency.
Recognizing that we are part of a national community of shared vision, our vision is to provide medical assistance, support and service whenever called upon to do so. We recognize in the larger vision that in the event of a wide scale public health emergency, there simply would not be enough public health staff to meet needs. While many people are willing to help out in an emergency; it is very difficult to quickly verify and organize volunteers in the midst of an event. Pre-identifying volunteers, pre-training, and verifying credentials before an emergency provides a pool of available trained volunteers
The ACCMRC Strategic Goals are:
- Support those pre-identified services in the Ashland County community that are engaged in the health and welfare of the residents in time of crisis.
- Create one or more teams of volunteer medical, public health, and non-medical professionals to help during emergencies and disasters.
- Provide assistance and depth to local emergency response teams, public health, and health care infrastructure. This assistance may prove to be vital to our community’s operational stability during the first hours and days following an event.
- Offer vital health education materials and health screenings to the Ashland County community through the ACCHD Division of Health Education; and offer depth to fulfill the mission, vision and strategic goals of the ACCHD.
Why volunteer for the ACCMRC? The Ashland County community benefits from MRC volunteers that are ready to respond for many reasons, but some volunteer because:
- It is a way to offer skills to the ACCHD, Samaritan Hospital, Red Cross, Ashland Mental Health and Recovery Board, Salvation Army, and Ashland County Office of Homeland Security, in a time of emergency. By being an ACCMRC volunteer, you are recognized as a credentialed volunteer. Volunteers in the ACCMRC have the opportunity to utilize their skills to assist other community members during events such as large scale disasters or infectious disease outbreaks.
- It is a significant benefit to the Ashland County community because skilled credentialed volunteers offer services during the year to augment existing public health efforts or provide emergency backup that would not otherwise be available.
- It is personally fulfilling and satisfying to belong to a group of persons who have a strong sense of mission and purpose.
All ACCMRC staff follow the Incident Command System in responding to any Ashland County community emergency. In order to have ACCHD liability and worker's compensation coverage, all volunteer ACCMRC applicants that are accepted for service must complete an oath with either the Director of the Ashland County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency or the ACCMRC Volunteer Director.
For more information contact:
Ray Herbst, RS, REHS