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Title: What is Public Health Emergency Volunteer Reserve PHEVR Medical Reserve Corps MRC


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What is Public Health Emergency Volunteer
Reserve (PHEVR)/ Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)?
  • PHEVR has been in existence in ND since 2005 to
    meet federal requirements of preparedness grants.
  • PHEVR became recognized as an MRC unit in August
    2006.
  • Public Health Emergency Volunteer Reserve
    (PHEVR)/Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is comprised
    of North Dakotans who volunteer to help provide
    medical and nonmedical assistance during a public
    health emergency.

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What is the Medical Reserve Corps?
  • The MRC is part of a federal program founded in
    2002.
  • MRC vision - A nationwide network of organized
    volunteers strengthening the health and safety of
    their communities
  • The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is
    to improve the health and safety of communities
    across the country by organizing and using public
    health, medical and other volunteers

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WHO SHOULD VOLUNTEER?
  • Non-Medical
  • Medical Doctors
  • Nurses/ Advanced Practice/ PAs/ CNAs
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Physical Therapists/ Respiratory Therapists
  • EMTs/ Paramedics
  • Veterinarians
  • Pharmacists/Dentists/Morticians
  • Students
  • ANYONE 16 or OLDER WHO LIVES, WORKS or GOES TO
    SCHOOL IN ND or SURROUNDING AREAS
  • (Limited deployment younger than 18/ out-of
    primary area)

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BENEFITS OF BECOMING A PHEVR/MRC
VOLUNTEER
  • Opportunity to become involved in your community
  • In an emergency, provide assistance to your
    family, community and state
  • Opportunity for you to use your unique knowledge,
    skills, and abilities to improve your community
  • You may have the option of becoming a part of a
    national response to a catastrophic event like
    hurricanes
  • Opportunity to participate in free training on
    topics such as psychological first aid, ICS,
    disaster preparedness

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Why Should Volunteers Register In Advance?
  • Verification of credentials
  • Volunteer assignments that match the volunteers'
    skills, interests, and abilities
  • Volunteers become an asset to the emergency
    response system
  • Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers (SUVs) put
    a strain on the emergency response system

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Volunteer Management System
  • Registration
  • Health and medical and non-medical volunteers
    register on-line. (New system/welcome email)
  • Credentialing
  • ND Department of Health staff will
  • Review registration information
  • Validate medical credentials and
    employment/privileges
  • Background review/ Inspector General review
  • Verify mandatory orientation video has been
    viewed
  • Make a determination that volunteer is accepted
    to the program and designate the volunteer as
    active.

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EXPECTATIONS OF VOLUNTEERS
  • Updating volunteer profile
  • Volunteers are asked to update their profile
    every 6 months to ensure that information is
    current and accurate.
  • ND Dept. of Health staff will verify credentials
    every 6 months.
  • Drills
  • On occasion, the ND Dept. of Health will test our
    ability to notify volunteers and the volunteers
    ability to respond.

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Volunteer Protections
  • Covered under North Dakota Department of Health
    Workforce Safety Insurance (Workers
    Compensation)
  • State tort protection when deployed under
    direction of ND DoH
  • When volunteers are deployed out of state their
    liability protection is provided by the
    requesting state.
  • Guidance and volunteer supervision is the
    responsibility of the host/requesting entity.

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Incident Command System
  • PHEVR/MRC uses the federally required Incident
    Command System.
  • PHEVR/MRC volunteers are instructed briefly in
    the Incident Command System, which outlines a
    chain of command for all responders and
    response agencies.

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Training
  • Required Orientation
  • The only required training is a brief orientation
    video which can be viewed online. Once the
    volunteer has viewed the video he or she is asked
    to log into their profile and indicate that
    theyve completed the orientation. A volunteer
    is not eligible to be deployed until the required
    program is completed.
  • Just-in-time training
  • When a volunteer is assigned to a mission,
    training about the role and responsibility will
    be provided when the volunteer arrives at the
    assigned location or by video conference in
    advance.

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Training
  • Recommended Courses
  • The ND Department of Health recommends that
    volunteers take additional courses over several
    months as they are able to prepare for
    assignments to respond.
  • Four main categories of recommended courses
  • First Aid
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Personal and Family Disaster Preparedness
  • Incident Command System
  • Training will be offered in a variety of formats
    online instruction, independent study, classroom
    setting

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Where Do Volunteers Assist?
  • Public Health emergencies are predominantly local
    events, so local public health units will likely
    be the initial requesting agency, but request can
    be sent through the channel to state or national
    level
  • Volunteers can assist at 4 levels
  • Local-Volunteers own area
  • Regional- The impacted area and surrounding
    counties.
  • Statewide- Entire state of ND
  • Nationwide- Anywhere in the US (including ND)
  • DEPLOYMENT TO ANY SPECIFIC EVENT IS ALWAYS
    VOLUNTARY

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DEPLOYMENT PROCESS
  • Initial request for assistance is received by the
    ND Department of Health
  • Send request for assistance to all volunteers who
    meet the mission parameters via HAN message
  • Those willing to respond indicate online
  • ND DoH screens potential volunteers for location,
    training, experience, etc.
  • Volunteers chosen for deployment are notified of
    assignment by a SECOND HAN message.
  • Request additional volunteers through licensing
    boards
  • Just-in-time training staging area for badging

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WORKING TOGETHER
  • Currently engaged in ND VOAD
  • Citizen Corps- CERT/MRC
  • Joint training
  • Cross training
  • Exercise together
  • Advisory board
  • ARC, CERT, local public health, nurse/EMT boards
  • Licensing boards

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SUMMARY
  • PHEVR/MRC volunteers are pre-registered and their
    credentials are verified before a disaster occurs
    so they are ready to be deployed as their skills
    are needed. Both medical and non-medical
    volunteers are needed.
  • Volunteers who agree to a deployment will get 2
    contacts (either by phone or email), one to ask
    if they can deploy and the second to let them
    know how to accept a deployment. PHEVR/MRC
    volunteers should never self-deploy outside of
    this system.
  • Although the orientation video is the only
    required training, volunteers are encouraged to
    seek further training through additional
    resources.

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RESOURCES
  • http//www.ndhealth.gov/EPR/volunteer
  • http//www.ndhealth.gov
  • http//www.ndhan.gov/
  • www.fema.gov/is/
  • http//www.redcross.org/services/disaster/
  • http//www.ready.gov/
  • http//www.humanesocietyu.org

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ND PHEVR/MRC
  • www.ndhealth.gov/EPR/volunteer
  • QUESTIONS?
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