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Marin Medical Reserve Corps Could Use a Hand

This volunteer group is ready for immediate emergency action whenever existing systems are over capacity.

If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding volunteer experience, this may be it!

Christine Erlach, RN, and Katherine Shotwell, MBA, RN, were my guests on Sounding Board, the weekly television produced by Soroptimist International of Novato, and they presented the concept of the fairly new MMRC.

Marin Medical Reserve Corps began in 2006 as a national need to get medical volunteers organized as a reserved unit for Marin County.  Currently there are about 900 Medical Reserve Corps across the U.S.  The Marin organization has more than 400 volunteers, and it is the largest volunteer group in the county. Watch this video and learn how you can also be involved as a volunteer.  Don't worry if you have no medical background, because for each medical person in the corps there is a need for at least five support individuals.

The organization is ready to supplement any kind of medical emergency when existing systems are over capacity.   Everything is organized in a central-down communications style called incident-command system.

Watch our weekly SOUNDING BOARD shows, or watch this particular program embedded here.

The “Sounding Board” programs on Novato Public Access Television are produced by club members of Soroptimist International of Novato. This blog is a review of a program recently shown on a Wednesday evening at 7 or 7:30 p.m. and repeated on Saturday morning at 9 and 9:30 a.m. NPAT is our local Channel 26.  NPAT's full programming can be viewed at www.npat.org/.

Remember that the statements, opinions, and views expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect those of Soroptimist International of Novato nor that of Novato Public Access Television.  

For more information about Soroptimist International of Novato, please check out www.soropnovato.org.  

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Sylvia Barry November 29, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Great show again, Carole and crew. I really enjoyed watching you ladies tape the shows tonight. Year in and year out for the past 20 years to introduce these interesting topics. Thanks for all your work!
Carole Bennett December 10, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Last week I went down and signed up to be an active volunteer for the MMRC. It felt good! Now I need to start taking the workshops so that I will be a productive volunteer when needed. Their office is in Terra Linda with easy parking.

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