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Sign Up for Spring 2015 Events!
 

Many thanks to the members who supported our April events to date: the Tewksbury Fair and New Member Orientation on the 9th, the Billerica Fair on the 11th, and the medical/counsling professionals attending the special seminar on depression and suicide prevention on the 15th.

The options listed below are appropriate for both new and long-term volunteers, medical and non-medical. Attendance is free. Pre-registration is appreciated so we can plan accordingly.

Refer to the table provided below, and revisit this page often for details. This information is current as of
April 15.

Date
Day
Time
Town
Event
Notes
4/25
Sat.
8A-2P
Lowell
Second Annual PetFest
All volunteers who love animals are welcome!
4/28
Tues.
6-8P
Westford
Advisory Council Meeting
Thanks to each town's MRC rep for their service!
5/2
Sat.
11A-3P
Westford
Annual Health Fair
Seeking medical and non-medical volunteers
5/14
Thurs.
7-9P
Westford
Bacteria vs. Virus
How to protect yourself and those you care for
5/30
Sat.
9A-1P
Westford
Sheltering Exercise
Build on skills from 5/10/14 training

6/7

Sun.
10A-1P
Tewksbury
Bike Rodeo
Annual event for bike safety

n/a

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

To register for an event, send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov or call 978-399-2549.

I. HEALTH FAIRS
Members of all levels, both medical and non-medical, are needed to staff the MRC exhibit at the season's Health and Wellness Fairs. One last event remains this spring:

Westford -- Abbot Middle School, 25 Depot Street, Saturday May 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Service at these events allows new members to get acquainted with more seasoned volunteers -- while serving the public, promoting health initiatives, and raising awareness of the MRC. The Westford event also provides a special perk: the choice of several popular food trucks out front, which were a huge hit last year! Even if you can't staff the MRC exhibit at this event, kindly encourage your friends and family to stop by. Click here for details.

II. PET FEST
This is the second time the City of Lowell is offering a PetFest, and the first year in which our MRC members are
invited to participate. We're seeking volunteers to promote Pet Preparedness at our exhibit, and to help at other sections of the event. The location is Butler School, 1140 Gorham Street, in Lowell -- rain or shine! Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is also encouraged to stop by and learn about local initiatives on behalf of our household animals. Lowell residents can bring pets to receive rabies vaccinations. Click here for information about the overall PetFest.

III. BACTERIA VS. VIRUS: HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
Suzanne Bonenfant, RN, MSN will explain the differences between these two categories of disease agents. She'll also explain how to protect yourself and others from their effects. The content is appropriate for ALL levels of members. Two continuing education credits (CEUs and OEMS hours) have been approved for medical volunteers. Class takes place on Thursday, May 14, from 7 to 9 p.m . at Town Hall, 55 Main Street, in Westford.

IV. SHELTERING EXERCISE
5/30/2015!
We are pleased to welcome back Shannon Manzi, PharmD and James Sheard, FF/EMT-P, with their team of seasoned disaster responders. This year we will be building on the training exercise from May 10, 2014 to drill our capacity to set up and care for area residents at an emergency shelter. Specific topics will be confirmed as the date draws closer. This exercise takes place at the same time and place as the first session: Blanchard School in Westford, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All levels of members are invited, with a preferred maximum of 60 participants. You are not required to have participated in last year's drill to attend, and non-medical members are welcome. Five continuing education credits are confirmed for medical volunteers.

V. BIKE RODEO
Members are invited to support the 'Let's Move!" initiataive to combat childhood obesity by staffing Tewksbury's annual bike safety event. Tewksbury High School, Sunday June 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

VI. ICS/NIMS SELF-STUDY
As a reminder: 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.

 


Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps, 55 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886