05 May 2006

Volunteers Sought for Mass Emergencies

From The Post:

In a mass emergency, the demand for trained volunteers is sudden and enormous.

Saturday, those who wish to be trained to respond during a widescale local disaster can hook up with the organization that operates one of the country's few mobile field hospitals, the Tristate Medical Reserve Corps.

Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon, citizens interested in staffing a volunteer pool to assist with medical response during a crisis are invited for initial training.

Corps officials said the goal is to identify and train emergency volunteers before disaster strikes and establish a notification system in the event they are needed.

Medical and non-medical volunteers are needed, including truck drivers, office workers, clergy, interpreters, veterinarians and physicians.

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