By Danielle Brown and Talia Gad
The Third Annual Medical Reserve Corps Spring Training Event was a tremendous success. Thanks go out to the Clackamas County and Washington County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units, which sponsored the event. It took place Saturday, April 20, in Hillsboro, at the Washington Street Conference Center.
Sixty attendees represented a range of community agencies. They included Clackamas County MRC, Washington County MRC, Multnomah County Health Reserve Corps (HRC), Columbia County MRC, Hillsboro Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Beaverton CERT, Tigard CERT, American Red Cross, Washington County Neighborhood Watch, Washington County Search and Rescue, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and Washington County HOAs.
Classes and facilitators included:
- “Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Dealing with Disaster,” Andrew Cartmill, senior program educator , Washington County;
- “Disaster First Aid: Basic, Intermediate A and Intermediate B,” Harold Crawford, EMT, Northwest Wilderness Medicine Training Center;
- “Leading in Disasters,” Alice Busch, EMT, Oregon Certified Emergency Management Program, systems thinking and resiliency training;
- “Packed and Ready to Go?” Carolyn Williams, RN, Washington County MRC volunteer
- “Social Media 101,” Anthony Vendetti, AmeriCorps*VISTA, Lincoln County;
- “Psychological First Aid II,” Judy Olivier, Ph.D.;
- “Map Your Neighborhood,” Darlene Schnoor, crime prevention specialist, Washington County Sheriff's Office;
- “Points of Dispensing and Call Center Tabletop for MRC Volunteers,” Kathy Thompson, RN, Clackamas County Emergency Preparedness and MRC coordinator, and Chris Hill, RN, Washington County MRC training and activities coordinator;
- “Preparing Together Discussion Guide: Train the Trainer,” Cynthia Valdivia, Washington County Public Health Emergency Preparedness educator.
Participants were enthusiastic about the classes and the overall event. Some evaluation comments included “It was very timely for what our organization is planning;” “It had practical information and was presented in an accessible manner;” and “It was valuable and worthwhile. Thank you!”
Event vendors included Back T Pack, Be Tied, and Pacific Preparedness. The companies all offer products designed for emergencies and natural disasters. Each event attendee got a raffle ticket for a vendor-provided product.
Volunteers at the event included Washington County MRC Leadership Team members and AmeriCorps*VISTAs. Their support ensured the event’s success.
Following the great success of the Spring Training, planning for a follow-up event has started. A collaboration between the Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah and Washington counties’ MRC/HRCs is developing for the fall. Stay tuned!
For more information about the spring or fall training, contact your local or state MRC coordinator.