A POD, or Point of Dispensing, is a method of response in a public health crisis requiring the widespread distribution of medication. In the event of such an emergency, multiple PODs may be set up throughout the community to offer medication to many people. Clinical volunteers such as pharmacists, nurses, paramedics, mental health professionals and physicians are encouraged to join as well as non-clinical members in a support role. POD team members can participate in several trainings, drills and exercises per year. Completion of POD101 online is a requirement.
Are you fluent in another language in addition to English? Are you willing to volunteer to help with language capabilities during a disaster? We would love to have you serve on a language team. This team does outreach in the community year round through participation in festivals and training. We meet on a semiannual basis.
This team continues to meet/coordinate on a monthly basis either in person or via conference call. The purpose of this team is to encourage leadership among volunteers and to get feedback from active volunteers on the direction of the FC&C MRC. Leadership Team members will be eligible for leadership roles in a large scale emergency and have the opportunity to participate in additional volunteer opportunities that do not go out to the general MRC group. Leadership positions are currently open.
Mental health is an important part of an emergency response. Our mental health volunteers take a Psychological First Aid training and support both the health departments and partners in the community during a response. We partner with ADAMH and the Red Cross. We will begin meeting on a semiannual basis starting fall of 2013. Members of this team include (but not limited to); LSWs, RNs, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, School Counselors and more.