Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Author: Esmeralda Pereira, Medical Reserve Corps Program Director Published Date: 9/26/2019 11:16:00 AM
Category: Medical Countermeasures; Exercises & Trainings;
Is your Medical Reserve Corps unit looking for a way to bolster community preparedness? You can start by providing community members with training that gives them skills they need to respond – and the confidence to use those newfound techniques. When an emergency or natural disaster happens, many people want to help – but they just don’t know what to do.
The good news is that many people can learn lifesaving skills in a couple of hours – no medical background needed.
Consider this: according to a
National Survey of the Public Regarding Bleeding Control, 77 percent of respondents who had been trained in severe bleeding control indicated they were “very likely to aid a car crash victim.” But just 51 percent of respondents with no training indicated that they would be very likely to help. Being knowledgeable, trained, and prepared for an emergency can help alleviate hesitation and fear when disaster strikes, which can, in turn, lead to a stronger bystander response.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), a national network of volunteers who help make their communities stronger and healthier during disasters and every day, can play a critical role in helping to provide information and training to community members so they feel educated and empowered to act before, during, and after an emergency. From natural disasters to health-related incidents, individuals and communities that are informed and trained to respond are more inclined to act when needed, and often better able to withstand and recover from disasters – and help their neighbors do so, too.
Below are examples of eight programs that MRC units can incorporate into their volunteer training plans and community-based outreach programs to teach community members life-saving skills and enhance overall individual and community preparedness:
To assist MRC units in rolling out the above programming, the MRC Program Office within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response recently developed a
Training Community Members to Respond Guide. It includes more details about each program and available curricula and resources. Questions or suggested additions to the guide can be directed to
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