August 2015 Newsletter

Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps



I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  While there are currently no in-person trainings scheduled for this summer, this is a great opportunity to catch up with the required online trainings.  Each of the 3 courses listed below are provided through FEMA's Independent Study Program.  I have made the "FEMA" icons below into links that take you directly to each respective course.  These courses are FREE of cost and provide you with a certificate upon completion. 
Please submit a copy of each certificate to Unit Leader Jess via e-mail
If you have already completed these courses AND submitted your certificate, you do not need to re-take the course(s).  If you have certificates but are unsure, please re-submit them or e-mail Jess to confirm.

*During the month of August, I will be sending out individualized e-mails requesting verification of contact information and the status of any licenses held according to your volunteer application on file.  It is important that we maintain current information on our volunteers throughout the year. 

Please monitor the NVMRC Facebook page and the NVMRC website for updates and training opportunities.
Do you have an idea for a training topic?  Is there a topic that interests you that hasn't been covered yet? NVMRC leadership values your desire to learn within the scope of our units capacity.  Please e-mail Jess with your ideas for consideration for upcoming trainings this year!
Please click the FEMA icons below to access each respective course.  Once you have completed each course and have received a certificate of completion in your e-mail, please forward a copy to Jess (
"ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS)."
"This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents."
"ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS."  Complete after ICS-100 and IS-700.
National MRC NEWS
The national Medical Reserve Corps network has adopted the Competencies for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (DMPH), which are widely understood to be the knowledge needed for a health care professional and/or first responder to perform a task in a safe and consistent manner.
"Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) members come from a variety of backgrounds and enter the program with varying credentials, capabilities, and professional experience. This diversity is a strength of the program, but also makes standardization across the MRC network difficult. The use of competencies can allow for greater consistency in knowledge and skills of MRC members, as well as the identification of areas where work is needed for an MRC unit to fulfill its mission in the community....
....The DMPH Competencies represent a baseline level of knowledge and skills that all MRC volunteers should have, regardless of their role within the MRC unit. Because the DMPH Competencies establish only a minimum standard, units may choose to expand on the competencies in order to train volunteers at a more advanced level.
Utilizing the Competencies for Disaster Medicine and Public Health as the baseline core competency set for MRC volunteers makes collaboration between MRC units more efficient. By providing a “common language”, MRC units can communicate their volunteers’ capabilities to each other and to partner organizations."
- National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)
All active members of a MRC unit are expected, at a minimum, to be able to:
  1. Demonstrate personal and family preparedness for disasters and public health emergencies.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of one's expected role(s) in organizational and community response plans activated during a disaster or public health emergency.
  3. Demonstrate situational awareness of actual/potential health hazards before, during, and after a disaster or public health emergency.
  4. Communicate effectively with others in a disaster or public health emergency.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of personal safety measures that can be implemented in a disaster or public health emergency.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of surge capacity assets consistent with one's role in organizational, agency, and/or community response plans.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of principles and practices for the clinical management of all ages and populations affected by disasters and public health emergencies, in accordance with professional scope of practice.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of public health principles and practices for the management of all ages and populations affected by disasters and public health emergency.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical principles to protect the health and safety of all ages, populations, and communities affected by a disaster or public health emergency.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of legal principles to protect the health and safety of all ages, populations, and communities affected by a disaster or public health emergency.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of short-an long term considerations for recovery of all ages, populations and communities affected by a disaster or public health emergency.
NVMRC will achieve these competencies through trainings and drills provided in-person and online.
National Immunization Awareness Month
August 2015
"Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan. Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being vaccinated against infectious diseases. In 2015, the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) is coordinating NIAM activities." -CDC

NVHD Immunization Clinic: Vaccines for adults and children.
Tuesday 2:00-3:30 by appointment. 
To schedule, call (203) 881-3255, ask for Pat or Jenn.

The Naugatuck Valley Health District hosts numerous flu clinics during the fall season, throughout the entire jurisdiction (Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour, Shelton).  NVMRC will be activated to help support the larger flu clinics this year (greeters, administrative, etc. roles).  Once the schedule is finalized, I will send out a request for volunteers. 
Don't wait.  Make a personal and family preparedness plan.  Don't forget your furry family members too! Visit to get started!
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