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Sign Up for August/September 2012 Events!
 

Summer is a quieter time for our unit, as volunteers enjoy vacations and savor the mild weather. However, we are now scheduling our next series of events. We also suggest web sites for self-study and activities that are appropriate for both brand-new and long-term volunteers, with medical and non-medical backgrounds.

Currently scheduled events are summarized in the following table, with details below.

Date
Day
Time
Town
Event
Notes
8/7
Tues.
6-9P
Tewksbury
29th Annual National Night Out
Staff MRC display, promote Let's Move!
8/15
Weds.
4-7P
Westford
Drop-In Day
Stop into MRC office for updates
8/16
Thurs.
5:30-9:30P
Westford
American Heart Association First Aid
Two-year certification from AHA
9/8
Sat.
8A-4P
Dracut
Dracut Old Home Day
Staff MRC display at large regional fair
9/17
Sat.
11A-5P
Billerica
Yankee Doodle Homecoming Weekend
Staff MRC display at large regional fair
9/20
Tues.
TBD
Chelmsford
Town's first public flu clinic of the season
Awaiting requests for volunteers
9/27
Thurs.
TBD
Westford
Town's first public flu clinic of the season
Awaiting requests for volunteers

To sign up, call the coordinator (Nancy Burns) at 978-399-2549 or send e-mail to nburns@westfordma.gov.

Please revisit this page, as we will add more options later. (This information is current as of August 1.)

I. AUGUST EVENTS
Although we offer a lighter schedule this season, August provides three new activities that may be of interest.

Aug. 7 (Tues.), 6 to 9 p.m: 29th Annual National Night Out, Tewksbury Senior Center. Seeking four members -- medical or non-medical, new or seasoned -- to raise awareness of the MRC program and promote 'Let's Move!' activities. (FYI, our portion of the event may conclude by 7:30, at the start of a larger group program: the screening of a new movie.)

Aug. 15 (Weds.), 4 to 7 p.m: Drop-In Day, 23 Depot Street, Millennium School, Westford. Stop by at your convenience to update your badge, brush up on various topics, review our video, and generally keep in touch. If you're coming for an orientation, please call ahead and allow up to an hour.

Aug. 16 (Thurs.), 5:30 to 9:30 p.m: American Heart Association First Aid Course, 23 Depot Street, Millennium School, Westford. Successful completion results in two-year certification from the AHA. Cost is $10 for the certification card; the course itself is free for members. The optional workbook is $13. Register by Friday, August 10, letting us know if you'd also like the workbook.

II. DROP-IN DAYS / ORIENTATIONS
Our next Drop-In Day is on Wednesday, August 15. These informal gatherings allow existing members to stay current, and new members to learn the basics. These events are typically held on weekday evenings from
4 to 7 p.m, in the MRC office at Millennium School, 23 Depot Street, Westford. Members are invited to stop by at their convenience to keep informed about the unit and its activities, and are always welcome to bring a friend. (If you are coming for an orientation, please call ahead at 978-399-2549 and allow up to an hour. Kindly urge anyone who might be interested in the unit to join you!) Review our 12-minute video, basic procedures and documents, and receive your badge and MRC polo shirt.

Similarly, we are planning "Introductions to the MRC" and orientation sessions next season. Revisit this page later for details.

III. HEALTH FAIRS
All members are eligible to help with the staffing of our MRC displays. This is a great way for new volunteers to meet their fellow members, and to interact with the public we serve, while offering health and preparedness information to area residents. Seasoned members are asked to be team leaders for these events.

Upcoming UMV MRC Booths at Fairs
Dracut
Volunteers are invited once again to staff our UMV MRC display at this massive regional fair. This year's event is on Saturday, September 8, from 8 a.m. (set-up) to 4 p.m. Location as always is the School Complex at 1580 Lakeview Avenue. Seeking four volunteers per shift from 8 to noon and noon to 4. Both medical and non-medical members are needed.
Billerica
Our members are invited to staff the MRC display at this annual fair, which takes place on Saturday, September 17, from 11 a.m. (after the parade ends) to 5 p.m. Seeking four volunteers per shift: from 11 to 2 and from 2 to 5. We encourage both medical and non-medical members to sign up for this major regional event.

IV. FLU CLINICS
All levels of members are eligible to staff our upcoming flu clinics. Throughout the season, we will be looking for medical volunteers to fill syringes, screen visitors, and provide inoculations. We also need non-medical volunteers for a wide range of supporting functions (including registration and clinic flow). The first two major public clinics have been scheduled for Chelmsford (9/20) and Westford (9/27), with many other towns and clinic dates expected. Check back for specific requests.

V. EDUCATION / PREPAREDNESS
To gear up for September as National Preparedness Month,
we encourage our volunteers to get a head start by brushing up on their own preparedness, through reading and discussions with family members. Please consider helping your neighbors this season as well. Consider the tips provided below.

1. Visit web sites to keep yourself and loved ones safe this summer. Suggestions include:
FEMA: Ready.Gov
Red Cross: Three Steps to Prepare
2. If you have pets, remember to plan for their safety and well-being, too!
ASPCA tips on pet preparedness
Humane Society page on Disaster Planning for Pets
3. Keep a current 72-hour emergency kit on hand.
Purchase an existing starter kit (see picture below) and personalize it by adding your own items, or build a new kit.
Check web sites for suggestions on kits for the home, car, office, and other usage.
  Update your current kit at least every six months. Replace expired food items and medications, verify that relevant phone numbers in your contact lists are still valid (out-of-state family members, physicians, other resources), insert seasonal items as needed.

A new version of a 'starter' 72-hour emergency kit is available from the Health Department at Westford Town Hall. Contents are shown at left. All of these supplies are being provided to the public
at-cost for $45, as a community service. Call 978-692-5509 for availability.
Checks should be made payable to the
Town of Westford.

 


Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps, 55 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886