Medical Reserve Corp and CERT volunteers
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- MRC is a national network of locally organized volunteers who improve the health and safety of their communities.
- MRC volunteers include medical professionals and nonmedical community members without healthcare backgrounds.
Bloomington-Edina-Richfield member activities
Our MRC volunteer unit strengthens public health emergency response efforts, builds community resiliency and engages the public in health promotion information and community events.
Activities include the following:
- Emergency preparedness and response trainings and exercises
- Emergency sheltering
- Disaster medical support
- Emergency medical countermeasure distribution
- First aid during large public gatherings
- Planning, logistical, and administrative support
- Behavioral health support/family assistance center support
- Vaccination clinics (i.e. flu clinics)
- Blood drives
- Community CPR/AED training
- Community event support (i.e. Heritage Days, Kite Day, Summer Fete, etc.)
- Health education and promotion
Complete each step:
- To register, complete your online profile at MN.Responds.org. For help completing your profile, view this tutorial .
- Fill out a City of Bloomington Volunteer Application . Then email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete a City of Bloomington Background Check Authorization form . Then email your form to email@example.com.
Complete the following online trainings
You will receive a certificate when you complete each training. You must email your certificates to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- PUBH X319 - Online:
Minnesota Responds Medical Reserve Corps: An Online Orientation for Volunteers
- PUBH X327 - Online:
Psychological First Aid: A Minnesota Community Supported Model
National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
- CERT members are community volunteers trained in basic response skills by emergency personnel.
- CERT members are prepared to save lives, prevent the spread of disease, and protect themselves, their families, and their community in the event of a disaster.
CERT member training and activities
CERT members complete a 21-hour CERT Basic Training course that prepares them to assist others in their community, workplace or school following an emergency event. Trained CERT members also provide emergency response support when emergency responders are not immediately available to help.
After CERT members complete their training, they receive an equipment bag to assist them if called upon during times of crises. The bag contains a hard hat, goggles, dust masks, work gloves, flashlight, identification vest, baseball cap and a utility tool. It is a proud moment for all CERT volunteers.
CERT members are trained in and frequently utilized for the following:
- Disaster preparedness
- Basic fire suppression
- Public safety/traffic control
- Planning, logistical and administrative support
- Preparation and response to infectious disease outbreaks, biological terrorist attacks and more
For more information about CERT
CERT training is a collaboration between Richfield and Bloomington and is open, at no cost, to residents of these cities.
Next CERT training
Attendance at all three sessions is required:
- Friday, May 4, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sunday, May 6, 2018, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
To be determined