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Disaster Training

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Coldwater, MI (WTVB) - Though Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, the devastation from this horrific storm is still being experienced by many families who live on the east coast.

And as folks in Michigan view the destruction that was left behind, the Health Department in Coldwater says many of us probably can’t help but wonder “What if?” What if there was a disaster in our community? What if our homes or neighborhoods were destroyed? What would we do? The Branch Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, along with other seven other local Health Departments in Southwest Michigan have been working on that very question  what to do in the event of a mass catastrophe or a public health emergency in the region.

For several years, the 5th District Medical Response Coalition has been meeting and planning for just such events. Officials say they now need you local community residents interested in serving as volunteers who are willing to be trained and deployed if and when a disaster strikes.

To learn more about how to become a public health volunteer, you can attend a free training session a week from tomorrow, Tuesday, December 11th at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon. Those at the meeting will also learn about the MI Volunteer Registry and how it can be used to notify and deploy volunteers in the event of a public health emergency or mass catastrophe. If you can’t make this training and would still like to sign up to be a MI Volunteer, you can register at any time by going on-line to mivolunteerregisty.org. The Health Department says remember: if a disaster strikes, volunteers will be needed, so be prepared to be there! 

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