In the event of a bioterrorist attack or natural disaster, the Health Department will need a large number of volunteers to help support efforts to restore the community to normalcy. Residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties can volunteer their time and skills in the event of a disaster or other public health emergency. Individuals must be 18 or older to volunteer.
The Medical Reserve Corps recruits medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, paramedics and mental health professionals, as well as citizens with non-medical backgrounds.
Learn more about the role of the Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corps and the volunteer role you may be able to perform in the event of a public health emergency:
- 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Northern Kentucky Health Department District Office, Main Conference Room, 8001 Veterans Memorial Drive, Florence, Ky., 41042. Refreshments will be provided. If you plan to attend, register by Feb. 8 to Jessica McElroy or 859-363-2009.
To assist local health departments in organizing their volunteer efforts, the Kentucky Department for Public Health has created K HELPS the Kentucky Health Emergency Listing of Professionals for Surge program. The K HELPS system also allows the ability to contact volunteers by e-mail, telephone or both in the event they are needed to respond to an emergency.
Volunteers are required to register with K HELPS online. Registrants should first select MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) Organizations and then check the Northern Kentucky MRC from the list of all MRC units in Kentucky.
The Northern Kentucky MRC unit will verify the credentials of the volunteer (if applicable), complete the approval process and then provide orientation, training and provide volunteers with informational updates on a regular basis.
For more information, please contact Jessica McElroy.