Kittitas County looking for medical reserve volunteers

KITTITAS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE -- The Kittitas County Public Health Department is developing a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Become a part of Kittitas County's culture of helping those in need. Become an MRC Volunteer!

MRC volunteers will be trained to provide assistance during a public health disaster. Everyone is needed from clinical to non-medical experts. Free training in incident command, mental health first aid, and family emergency preparedness, is part of the training you will receive as a volunteer.

During an emergency, a Kittitas MRC volunteer may assist by doing anything from answering questions from the public, recording patient information, to administering vaccinations. Volunteers will have an opportunity, annually, to participate in our annual influenza vaccination
clinic as well as other opportunities.

The first response to any disaster is a local response. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) serves to help strengthen local communities' emergency response during large-scale local emergencies. "Our response has always utilized volunteers and community partners, from H1N1 to pertussis. The MRC will be a way to officially recognize our volunteers' contribution to the community," asserts Robin Read, Public Health Administrator.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Kittitas Medical Reserve Corps or if you have any questions, please contact Kasey Knutson at 509-962-7090.