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NOVEMBER 2010

KERN MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS KMRC PRESENTS

KMRC TRAINING

UP COMING EVENT

Lon Lancaster

Become Disaster Responder Ready (November 8)

Statewide Medical-Health Disaster Functional Exercise (November 18)

The topic is of utmost importance to all of us! What IF a local disaster occurred? Would we really be ready to deploy? Learn how the disaster response system works and how KMRC volunteers will fit into it. Find out what working at a disaster site is really like. Gain insights and confidence. Learn expectations and processes. Hear first-hand the rewards of service. And don’t forget to RSVP by email (swansonb@co.kern.ca.us). KMRC will provide dinner and we need to know how much food to order!

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eet KMRC member Lon Lancaster. Lon is the manager of cardiopulmonary/physical therapy services, safety officer, emergency management coordinator at KMC. He has been at KMC for 21 years and has been a respiratory therapist for 27 years. Ron lives in Bakersfield and has 3 daughters and 1 son. Why did you join KMRC? I became involved in emergency management in 2007 and saw there was a desperate need for medical volunteers. I joined KMRC myself and encouraged others at KMC to do the same. It is an excellent opportunity to help others in the time of need. You only have to watch a report on Katrina to tell you when there is a true disas(Lon...Continued on page 2)

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November 8, 2010 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pacific Education Center (across from San Joaquin Community Hospital) 1524 27th Street (park in the parking garage and take the outside stairs to the basement) Two (2) CEUs are offered to RNs and EMT/Paramedics. KMRC Opportunities for 55 Years +

If you are age 55 or older, we urge you to sign up with the RSVP program at the Kern County Volunteer Center (661-395-9787 and ask for Marni). If you join, the local Volunteer Center gets credit for your volunteer time (a key to expanding their services) and you receive lots of perks including an extra layer of insurance coverage while volunteering. Just tell Marni that you are a member of KMRC and she will sign you up. RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is part of a national organization that was started over 30 years ago to promote volunteerism and it has more than 500,000 members nationwide.

This is a Test! KMRC has been invited to join local responders in practicing in case of a disaster that involves multiple and simultaneous bomb threats. This is a test! On the morning of November 18 agencies and first responders all over California will be running Exercises to test the capability of their local area to respond to such a scenario. How will KMRC be involved? • Be ready to respond to a notification via the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) notification system. • A few KMRC members may be requested to come to a “Staging Area” and later be sent to report to selected test disaster sites. This is a test!

Holiday Giving If you are starting your holiday shopping early, don’t forget that emergency supplies for a disaster preparedness kit make great gifts. Try the 99 cent store for items and involving children helps them learn the importance of preparedness! Lists of items needed are found at www.ready.gov and www.redcross.org. 1


UP COMING EVENT

KMRC HELPS OUT IN COMMUNITY Thanks to KMRC members who helped with October Flu Clinics Everyone, staff and the public, appreciate the help of KMRC members at flu clinics. Jean Roberts, Public Health Nurse for the Public Health Services Department wrote:

Find out how the Kern County Bomb Squad works! (December 4, 2010) This is your chance to learn about explosive devices, see the tools the Bomb Squad uses to disarm and dispose of bombs and find out about the types and seriousness of injuries that occur as a result of blasts and explosions. In the event of a disaster involving an explosive device KMRC may be called to help victims with a multitude of injuries. This training gives needed information about the devices, responses and tools for recovery • Saturday, December 4, 2010, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. • Kern County Sheriff’s Facility, 1350 Norris Road, Bakersfield • Two (2) CEUs will be offered to RNs and EMT/Paramedics

“We were so happy to have such competent and caring KMRC volunteers to help us with this important vaccination clinic. Their willingness to go that extra mile will help keep our communities healthier through the winter season and beyond. We would not have been able to do it without them! Thanks again.” Jean M. Roberts, MSN, RN, PHN, CNL-C, Kern County Public Health Services KMRC members who worked in October flu clinics: • • • • • • • • •

Nick Edgecomb Valorie Farquharson Jill Haley Christine Hayes Kikue Higashida Melinda Mitchell Deborah Neumann Duke Palma Jeanette Smart

PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY Check out http://www.phe.gov/. It acts as a cross-governmental portal for residents in the U.S. and worldwide to obtain information from all U.S. federal agencies and their state and local partners involved in a public health emergency, medical disaster or public health aspects of a natural or man-made disaster.

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6:00 pm—8:00 pm Become Disaster Responder Ready (RSVP for dinner) Statewide Medical-Health Disaster Functional Exercise DECEMBER 8 am—Noon

If you have a Facebook account, be sure to become a Fan of KMRC. Just do a search for Kern Medical Reserve Corps (KMRC) and get the latest info!

NOVEMBER

The Disaster Healthcare Volunteers of California database is an outstanding notification and deployment communication that Medical Reserve Corps units throughout California use. It is a bit complicated and we’re going to over how it works at the Nov. 8 Training. Bring your questions!

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What is the highlight of being a member of KMRC? The highlight of being a member has been seeing that so many at KMC are willing to join and are ready to help when ever needed. KMRC ‘s activities show that we are here to help the community prepare for when, not if, a disaster hits.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Need Help with the DHV?

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ter we must rely on each other for help

The Kern Medical Reserve Corps (KMRC) is a group of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety and resiliency of their communities. KMRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, non-medical professionals and others interested in strengthening the public health infrastructure and improving the preparedness and response capabilities of their local jurisdiction. KMRC identifies, screens, trains and organizes the volunteers, and utilizes them to support routine public health activities and augment preparedness and response efforts.

(Photo Credit—Henry Barrios/Californian)

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Find out how the Kern County Bomb Squad works!

Kern Medical Reserve Corps (KMRC) 1800 Mt. Vernon Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93306 661-868-0194 swansonb@co.kern.ca.us Visit www.kernpublichealth.com and click on Kern Medical Reserve Corps. Layout : Alvin Tanicala

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