All MRC volunteers will be trained to help the county's public health professionals do whatever is needed, at the time, to prevent and minimize disease and injuries in our community. The national MRC Program Office has developed basic core competencies for MRC volunteers. Free online training in the Incident Command System [ICS] and National Incident Management System [NIMS] is offered by the Emergency Management Institute. IS-100 and IS-700 are required courses for all Sussex County Medical Reserve Corps volunteers.
Who must take IS-100? All federal, state, territorial, local, tribal, private sector and non-governmental personnel at the entry level, first line supervisor level, middle management level, and command and general staff level of emergency management operations.
Click here to access the online IS-100: Introduction to Incident Command System.
National Incident Management System (NIMS) Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 mandates training in NIMS 700 for all personnel who are involved in emergency preparedness, incident management or response.
IS-700 NIMS: An Introduction is a Web based awareness level course that explains NIMS components, concepts and principles. NIMS is a comprehensive national approach to incident management applicable at all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines. There are a total of 8 lessons. Each lesson will take you between 15 and 30 minutes to complete.
Who must take IS-700? All personnel with a direct role in emergency preparedness, incident management or response must complete this training.
Click here to access the online IS-700 NIMS: An Introduction
On the New York Consortium for Emergency Preparedness Continuing Education website there are several courses offered to you free of charge. Working in a POD and the Personal Preparedness Course are suitable for all Medical Reserve Corps volunteers.
Working in a POD: There are a number of situations where local public health departments might need to mobilize a point of distribution (POD) to dispense medication or vaccinate a large group of people. "Working in a POD" provides you with an understanding of what a POD is, how it operates, and what functional roles you may be assigned as a volunteer serving in a POD.
Personal Preparedness Course:
Disasters can strike anyone, anytime, and anywhere. Community volunteers, hospital workers, and public health staff members may be called on to help with a community response to a disaster. In order to respond effectively in such an emergency, these workers must have plans in place to be sure their families, other dependents, pets, etc. are cared for. This course provides a step-by-step process for developing a family disaster plan and a personal emergency plan.
Orientation to Public Health - The New York - New Jersey Public Health Training Center (http://www.nynj-phtc.org/) has a web based course entitled "Orientation to Public Health". It is a good introduction for the public and professionals who are not working in public health to familiarize themselves with the kind of work that takes place at a local health department.
The NJLMN is a group of Course Provider Communities and a web-based resource for national, state and local agencies to distribute, manage and track training and education information among those involved with New Jersey's Public Health, Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
The Nursing Center for Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases Preparedness at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, College of Nursing serves as a primary source of education, information and research initiatives for nurses, nurse practitioners, and all allied nursing personnel on practice matters relating biological, chemical, and nuclear terrorism as well as emerging infectious diseases.