MRC Calendar

Please RSVP to or the contact person listed
so we may plan for refreshments and necessary materials.
Walk-ins are welcome unless stated PRE-REGISTRATION required.
Please feel free to pass along any of the training information
to family, friends and neighbors.
We look forward to seeing you.

Operation Downpour
August 3, 2017 8:00am to 2:00 p.m.
University of Rhode Island Ryan Center
The State of Rhode Island will be host to an exercise as part of a research project
designed to help improve emergency response

USDHHS-Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA),
decontamination practices, is in need of volunteers to serve as patients.
Created by the HHS Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)
and the University of Hertfordshire (UH), in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health,
the exercise will examine different emergency response procedures
for decontaminating/cleaning large numbers of people who have potentially
been exposed to toxic materials.
To simulate chemicals in this study, each volunteer will be sprayed three times
with a harmless mix of baby oil, oil of wintergreen, and a ginger extract.
Following the decontamination processes, special cameras will be used to measure
how much of the sprayed material is left on the skin.
Because the decontamination exercise involves water sprays and showers,
volunteers should anticipate that they would get wet.
Participants are asked to wear a swimsuit and appropriate footwear (swim shoes, flip-flops, etc.)
during the exercise itself. Volunteers will be issued athletic shorts and
a T-shirt to wear over their swimsuit when they check-in on site the day of the exercise.
Following the exercise, each volunteer will receive a $10 gift card.

Volunteers can register or find out more information by visiting

If you have any additional questions regarding the exercise,
Contact Jennifer Frenette at
Also please inform us at if you are participating.
and Liz Foley, MBA
Health Volunteer Program Coordinator
Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street Boston, MA 02108
Office 617-994-9845 Cell 857-408-4023

MRC Trailer mobilization and demobilization Emergency Dispensing Site
[EDS]/Sheltering functional drill.
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Plainville Town Hall, 142 South Street, Plainville, MA 02762

Participating in this drill, you will enhance our MRC's response capabilities,
ensure MRC Unit members have knowledge, skills and abilities
to mobilize and demobilize the MRC Trailer and EDS/Sheltering equipment.
Lunch will be provided.
To register click on this link:

or email Liisa Jackson:


A MRC Volunteer Application is a click away
Fully credentialed MRC volunteers are able to participate in deployments
(supplementary staff to an acute situation such as shelters, Emergency Dispensing Sites, etc.)
and Volunteer Opportunities (generally public health wellness

American Red Cross, is seeking volunteers for blood drives
Please contact or call 781-461-2088
also email Jacquie O'brien at
with the date you will be assisting so we can track MRC volunteer time.

Please let her know if you are available to help out at any. The Red Cross need lots of help

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 09:00 AM 02:00 PM
Plumber's Supply 429 Church St 1st floor Training Room - New Bedford

Saturday, August 12, 2017 09:00 AM 02:00 PM
North Attleboro YMCA 300 Elmwood Street BloodMobile - North Attleboro

Friday, August 18, 2017 01:00 PM 06:00 PM
White's of Westport 66 State Road - Rte. 6 Colonial Room - Westport

Friday, August 25, 2017 01:00 PM 06:00 PM
Swansea Mall 262 Swansea Mall Drive Vacant space - Swansea

Sunday, September 03, 2017 10:00 AM 03:00 PM
Mansfield Sportsplex (MPlex) 30 Oxford Road Court 5 - Mansfield

If you see a drive that you are interested in and normally volunteer with someone else
let Mary know and she will sign you both up.
Also if you can help with a partial shift either the 1st ½ or the last ½ of a drive, email Mary to let her know.
Normally, the Red Cross would ask you to do the entire shift but there are so many drives open
any help Mary can get will be great.

If you are a new donor ambassador and have not completed an onsite drive training please reach out
to Mary so she can get you signed up.
Remember your presence is needed at these blood drives for great customer service.

Here is a little video to remind us all why we do what we do.


Education and Training (CEEPET) at UMass Medical School has some great courses
free of charge and many with nursing CEs
You may want to pass this resource on to your
Medical MRC volunteers as well.
See the post below.
Upcoming Schedule of Courses

Online registration is now open for most of our courses!
For more information on a particular course or to register for the course,
click on the course title below.

NOTE: We have two ADLS courses currently scheduled.
Due to high demand for these courses,
we are not going to use our typical online registration process
for these two courses. Instead, registration will take place by email.
For more information on this process,
Please click on one of the ADLS courses listed below.

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