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Autumn 2017 Updates and Opportunities
 

Welcome to the transition from summer to fall! We thank our members for their service in June that empowered us to offer the first two classes of Until Help Arrives in Massachusetts! We are also grateful for those who supported summer events including Westford's Live for Liv festival (domestic violence prevention) and Summerfest (two-day blues jam), Dracut's Old Home Day, Billerica's Yankee Doodle Homecoming Weekend, and a shingles clinic.

Hurricane Response News: On September 11, we became the first-ever MRC in MA to submit a ten-person team through 'EMAC' for special needs shelter support, for Hurricane Irma! The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) is a mutual aid agreement between states and territories of the United States. It enables states to share resources during disasters. Although our MRC stood down the mission on 9/15, we can be proud of having been one of the two groups in the state to offer personnel via EMAC for this response. The other team was from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

This information about opportunities is current as of Sept. 20. Event details are provided beneath the tables. To sign up, please send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549. These events are free and open to all members, but pre-registration is greatly appreciated. Classes noted by asterisks (*) are also eligible for two hours of continuing education credits for medical participants (CEUs and OEMS hours).

I. Community Events, Classes, and ICS
9/28
Thurs
2-4P
Westford
Dementia-Friendly MA
Kickoff for Westford's local initiative
9/30
Sat
9A-1P
Tyngsboro
Health Fair (indoors)
Screen BPs, promote public health
10/14
Sat
5:30-8P
Westford
Light Up The Night
Domestic violence awareness
10/17
Tues
4:30-7:30P
Westford
Until Help Arrives
Skills for immediate on-scene response

10/22

Sun
1-3P
Tewksbury
*Lessons From Equine Therapy
Share skills for vulnerable populations
10/26
Thurs
6-8P
Chelmsford
*Disaster Resiliency
Behavioral health challenges in disasters

11/9

Thurs
7-9P
Westford
*Homeland Security and MRC
Inter-agency response for emergencies

n/a

n/a
n/a
Online
ICS-100 & NIMS-700
Self-paced options for response training

Details regarding the clinics below will be provided to volunteers a few days beforehand in a 'final confirmation' e-mail. Clinics require nurses to inoculate and fill syringes, plus non-medical volunteers for adminstrative support: registration, clinic flow, and related functions.

II. Seasonal Flu Clinics
9/27
Weds
1-4P
Lowell
City Hall
Seeking four nurses.
9/29
Fri
10A-Noon
Tewksbury
Senior Center
Seeking two nurses and two admins.
9/29
Fri
1-4P
Lowell
Summit Elder Care
Seeking four nurses.
10/2
Mon
9:45A-2P
Tewksbury
Senior Housing
Seeking two nurses and two admins.
10/10
Tues.
8:30-11:30A
Billerica
Council on Aging
Need 5 nurses and 2 admins.

10/11

Weds
11A-3:30P
Westford
Franco-American Club
Need LOTS of nurses and admins!
10/12
Thurs
2:15-7P
Chelmsford
Council on Aging
Need four nurses and 15 admins.
10/14
Sat.
8:30-11:30A
Billerica
Town Hall
Need 5 nurses and 2 admins.
10/18
Weds
5-8P
Westford
Millennium School
Seeking ten nurses and 6 admins.
10/25
Weds
5-8P
Westford
Millennium School
Seeking ten nurses and 6 admins.
10/27
Fri
9A-noon
Westford
Fletcher Library
Seeking ten nurses and 6 admins.

11/1

Weds
11A-4P
Chelmsford
Town Hall (2 clinics)
11A-12:30 and 2-4P; need 2 nurses each.

11/8

Weds
3-7P
Chelmsford
Council on Aging
Seeking four nurses and 15 admins.

I. COMMUNITY EVENTS AND CLASSES

Sept. 28, Thurs, 2 to 4 p.m. Dementia-Friendly Westford. Kickoff to Westford's efforts in support of this state-wide initative. (Non-MRC event that complements our unit's missions.) Netscout, Rt. 110, Westford.

Sept. 30, Sat, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tyngsboro Health and Wellness Fair. Seeking medical and non-medical volunteers to screen BPs and promote public health initiatives. Members can also join a class of up to 8 people at 9:30 to become certified in 'Stop the Bleed' techniques. Elementary School, 205 Westford Road.

October 14, Sat, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Light Up the Night. Members are asked to attend or otherwise support this program, in partnership with the Westford Coalition for Non-Violence, Health Dept, and the Live for Liv Foundation. As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Light Up The Night educates and inspires through a one-man play. Nabnasset Country Club, Westford.

October 17, Tues, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Until Help Arrives. This NEW federal initiative empowers everyday people by teaching them what to do in an emergency, during those those first crucial minutes before professional rescuers arrive. Taught by UMV MRC instructors. Free, but pre-registration by Oct. 12 is strongly encouraged. Town Hall Auditorium, 2nd Floor, 55 Main Street, Westford.

October 22, Sun, 1 to 3 p.m. Lessons from Equine Therapy. There is significant overlap between the kinds of patients who are well-served by equine therapy and those we might care for in emergency shelters. Learn concepts of patient care that transfer directly to our service through the MRC. Please sign up by Oct. 15 if you'd like to attend. Strongwater Farm, 500 Livingston Street, Tewksbury.

October 26, Thurs, 6 to 8 p.m. Disaster Resiliency: Helping Others to Cope. Dr. Teo Pique returns to discuss the management of behavioral health challenges in a disaster. The group will review various reactions to tragedy and ways to promote resiliency. In addition to supporting the victims of traumatic situations, the class will cover tactics to assess and protect the well-being of responders. Police Dept. Training Room, 2 Olde North Road / Rt. 4, Chelmsford.

November 9, Thurs, 7 to 9p.m. Homeland Security and MRC Response. Jarret Wright, from the Boston office of the Department of Homeland Security, and disaster response experts from MEMA and affiliates, will review actual scenarios of domestic terrorism. They'll discuss types of incidents that have occurred in our region and across the U.S, the types of injuries that can occur, and how MRC volunteers would interact with other agencies to stay safe while providing effective response in our communities. Attendance is highly encouraged to be eligible for participation in a Mission-Ready Team. Town Hall Auditorium, 55 Main Street, Westford.

II. ONLINE ICS

ICS/NIMS SELF-STUDY
All MRCs are urged to become 'NIMS-compliant' by training in the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System. Our unit asks its volunteers to complete ICS-100 and NIMS-700 as soon as possible after joining the UMV MRC, and e-mailing their course completion certificates to the Coordinator for our files. If you have not yet completed these courses, then please click on these links for the self-study materials:

http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b

http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a

Each course usually takes less than three hours to finish. Be sure to PRINT the final exam and note your answers on the hardcopy, before entering your choices into the system, to avoid a risk of the system timing out while you're taking the test. Volunteers who certify in ICS/NIMS help to improve our unit's skill in deployments. Shared knowledge of protocols and terminology allow us to interact effectively with our response partners. The courses also provide medical volunteers with free continuing education credits.

 


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