In honor of National
Preparedness Month, the UMV MRC was involved in a steady stream
of activities throughout September. There were major community
fairs in Dracut (9/11) and
Billerica (9/18), a special
Emergency Preparedness Day
(9/25), and a first-ever Statewide
Microchip Day for Massachusetts (also on 9/25), supported
by UMV MRC volunteers at four sites across the region. To cap
it off, members celebrated their achievements at a Member
Appreciation Dinner (9/28).
We can be proud of
all that these members accomplished in those three short weeks.
Our volunteers promoted the U.S. Surgeon General's priorities
by hosting MRC information booths at regional outdoor events on
three consecutive Saturdays. They screened a record number of
visitors for hypertension, referring those whose readings were
outside of normal limits to their care providers for follow-up.
These volunteers also provided FEMA activity books for children,
discussed and sold 72-hour emergency kits, and shared tips on
preparedness for the whole family, including pets. In doing
so, they raised awareness of the MRC, encouraged recruitment,
and prepared residents for emergency events.
The volunteers who
supported Statewide Microchip Day at four veterinary hospitals
helped to register local pets in a national identification registry.
The Member Appreciation Dinner included a presentation by a member
who had responded multiple times to Haiti, leading medical relief
efforts through a nursing organization. The dinner was attended
by 90 members who had been active during the past two years, most
of whom were involved in our unit's response to the H1N1 pandemic.
9/11/10 -- Town
of Dracut's tenth annual Old Home Day. Estimates are that
over 10,000 area residents attended. Eight volunteers staffed
the booth, taking 157 BPs.
9/18/10 -- Billerica's
Yankee Doodle Homecoming Weekend, also attended by thousands
from across the region. Nine volunteers represented the
MRC, taking 63 BPs.
9/25/10 -- Westford
held a multi-department Emergency Preparedness Day, staffed
by 20 volunteers (including 5 focused on ham radio), taking
9/25/10 -- In
support of Statewide Microchip Day, ten volunteers
served in shifts of two members each, at four veterinary sites
across the region (two in Lowell and two in Westford).
9/28/10 -- Ninety
volunteers participated in our Member Appreciation Dinner.
Total 72-hour kits
Total BPs: 373
Total volunteers: 137
Total value: Priceless!