It takes a lot to protect the health and safety of the people in Cabell and Wayne Counties. That’s why the Cabell-Huntington and Wayne County Health Departments work daily developing programs and testing plans to protect citizens during a public health crisis. But in a public health emergency, every helping hand can make a difference in reducing illness and saving lives.

The Cabell/Wayne Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is looking for both medical and non-medical volunteers to help us make Cabell and Wayne Counties healthier, better prepared communities. You don’t need a medical background or any special skills to be a part of the MRC, just a willingness to help in a time of need.

MRC volunteers come from many different walks of life. Their common bond is their willingness to serve during a time of need. MRC volunteers receive free training on how to support public health and other first responders during a health crisis.

MRC volunteers fill many critical roles during a disaster; from greeting and directing people to registration and triage stations, to helping distribute medicine, food or supplies, to managing traffic flow and parking volume, to answering phones, to making sure people feel comfortable and safe. Persons who speak languages other than English or who know sign language are needed to serve as interpreters.

Anyone who is 18 years old or older, who is interested in helping our community and works well in a team is invited to be a part of the Cabell/Wayne Medical Reserve Corps.

For more information, contact Jaclyn Johnson, Cabell-Huntington Health Department, (304) 523-6483.

To register simply go to www.wvredi.org and sign up to be a volunteer. If you experience any problems please contact Karen immediately.