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Medical Reserve Corps: Public Health Emergency Volunteers

In the event of a bioterrorist attack or natural disaster, the Health Department will need a large number of volunteers to help support our efforts to restore the community to normalcy. Regardless of your background, residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties are greatly needed to volunteer their time and skills in the event of a disaster or other public health emergency.

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Orientation
Benefits
Sign-up
More info

A nationwide initiative of the federal government known as the Medical Reserve Corps recruits medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, paramedics and mental health professionals, as well as citizens with non-medical backgrounds, to volunteer in their community during emergency situations that require a widespread medical or public health response.

Orientation
To learn more about the role of the Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corps and the volunteer role you may be able to perform in the event of a public health emergency, the following orientation session will be held:

Benefits
Volunteering is a rewarding experience that offers a sense of purpose, a benefit to the community and an opportunity to meet new people. As a volunteer, you will be able to work directly with public health, emergency management and other agencies to help meet the needs of the community in a disaster or emergency event.

Sign-up
To assist local health departments in organizing their volunteer efforts, the Kentucky Department for Public Health has created K HELPS, the Kentucky Health Emergency Listing of Professionals for Surge program. K HELPS is a state-based system to register individuals interested in volunteering during public health emergencies or disasters. The K HELPS system also allows the ability to contact volunteers by e-mail, telephone or both in the event they are needed to respond to an emergency.

Volunteers are required to register with K HELPS online. Registrants should first select MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) Organizations and then check the Northern Kentucky MRC from the list of all MRC units in Kentucky. You will be asked to create your own user account. All information provided will be kept confidential. Volunteer information will only be available to the volunteer and the approving.

The Northern Kentucky MRC unit will verify the credentials of the volunteer (if applicable), complete the approval process and then provide orientation, training and provide volunteers with informational updates on a regular basis.

Please take the first step and volunteer today by going to https://www.kentuckyhelps.com/

More info
For more information, please contact Jessica McElroy at 859.363.2009 or by e-mail to Jessica.McElroy@nkyhealth.org.