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Volunteers sought for county Medical Reserve Corps unit

WOODSTOCK – Did you know that the McHenry County Medical Reserve Corps is part of a program aimed at creating local volunteers to provide assistance to their communities during an emergency or disaster?

After the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of citizens responded by volunteering to help in any way they could.

To provide a framework for volunteers, President George W. Bush launched the Medical Reserve Corps in 2002.

Corps units contribute their skill and expertise throughout the year as well as during times of community need.

The county’s Medical Reserve Corps is an important part of the McHenry County Department of Health’s emergency preparedness and response strategy.

Corps volunteers come from both medical and nonmedical backgrounds and are trained and credentialed.

They help to fortify McHenry County’s ability to respond to terrorist activity, natural disasters and emergency health events. 

Corps volunteers also can work to strengthen the overall health and well-being of their community by participating in health department activities throughout the year.

Area residents are invited to make a difference in McHenry County with their expertise, energy and enthusiasm by joining the Corps.

For information, call Liz Hackett at 815-334-4932 or visit www.mcdhprepare.info to get an application.

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