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East Central Health District MRC ( 70 )

The East Central Health District (ECHD) Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has been developed to assist the thirteen counties in ECHD in responding to major medical emergencies, bio-terrorist acts or other emergencies that create large numbers of victims. The Unit also supports all Public Health priorities and assists the housing organization in health education, health fairs and immunization programs. The ECHD MRC partners with other first responder agencies in the East Central Georgia area. The unit is recruiting medical and non-medical volunteers in all counties of the District. Typical activities of volunteers are participation in health fairs, flu clinics, emergency preparedness exercises and drills, and supporting other Public Health activities throughout the District.

Community/Jurisdiction Served:

Burke County , Columbia County , Emanuel County , Glascock County , Jefferson County , Jenkins County , Lincoln County , McDuffie County , Richmond County , Screven County , Taliaferro County , Warren County , Wilkes County

Jurisdiction Notes :
These counties are in East Central Georgia (13 Counties)and consist of two urban counties and eleven rural counties.

Sponsoring Organization:
East Central Health District VI


Unit Information:
1916 North Leg Road
Augusta, GA 30909

Contact Information:
Preston Harpe
1916 North Leg Road
(706) 667-4276
Augusta, GA 30909

Unit Volunteers (865 Total) :
Volunteer Type Count
Physicians 18
Physician Assistants 1
Nurse Practitioners 8
Nurses 172
Pharmacists 4
Dentists 3
Veterinarians 2
Mental Health Professionals 14
EMS Professionals 6
Respiratory Therapists 4
Other Public Health/Medical 51
Non-Public Health/Non-Medical 582

Recent Activities:

2/13/2014 - 2/15/2014
Ice Storm PAX struck Augusta with a vengeance on February 13. Power to most homes in the Augusta area was lost for several days. MRC volunteers assisted in staffing shelters opened by Red Cross to care for persons with special needs during the storm. MRC volunteers were the primary staff for two shelters openec in Columbia and Richmond counties. ARC supervisors were highly congratulatory about the MRC volunteers' performance.

12/7/2013 - 12/7/2013
MRC instructors conducted an AHA CPR class for MRC volunteers. Eight MRC volunteers attended and completed the course successfully.

10/5/2013 - 10/5/2013
MRC volunteers assisted the Taliaferro County Health Department is providing basic health services to residents of the county during a Health Fair. MRC volunteers provided flu immunizations and assisted in drawing blood for lipid panels and other blood diagnoses. The Fair opened at 8am and closed at 12pm.

9/14/2013 - 9/14/2013
The Screven County Health Department, aided by emergency response partners, held an Anthrax Point of Dispensing (POD) exercise at the Screven County Elementary School. The drive-through model was used. The patients drove through the stations and were greeted, screened and issued medicines, based upon the medical form issued by the greeters. The target for the drive-thru was 384 patients per hour, based upon the county population. A patient flow rateof over 1000 per hour was acheved. MRC volunteers played important roles in the POD exercise which would not have been successful without their assistance. The drive-thru was operated in accordance with CDC guilelines. A Hotwash was held after the exercise to identify strengths and weaknesses in the operation. All participants were provided lunch before being dismissed.

8/29/2013 - 8/29/2013
MRC Coordinator assisted by Emergency Coordinator held an orientation in Screven County for community members. The orientation consisted of a brief and video on Anthrax followed by a brief and video on the Strategic National Stockpile. In additon a brief and video on the MRC was presented. After a Q&A session which was very active, a discussion on an upcoming Anthrax POD exercise in Screven County was opened. Twenty-two new volunteers were recruited and processed following the meeting and several more took applications with them to send in later. Exercises have continued to be the best volunteer recruiting tool for MRC. More volunteers will be recruited following the exercise which brings the reality of a major event home to the county.