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I Wanna Be a WEVR-MRC Kid

October 17, 2005

Interested in helping out during an emergency? Now is the time to sign up for the Westchester Emergency Volunteer Reserves-Medical Reserve Corps (WEVR-MRC). The next wave of FREE training classes has been set and registration has begun. Two sessions will be held: Tuesdays, October 18 and 25 (6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) and Tuesdays, November 15 and 29 (6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.).

The WEVR-MRC program trains volunteers and would coordinate the response effort before a large-scale disaster or healthcare emergency occurs. While professional first-responders and healthcare providers are best prepared and equipped to handle emergencies, crisis situations can be overwhelming and WEVR-MRC members may be called upon to assist should a large-scale disaster or healthcare emergency occur in Westchester County.

WEVR-MRC volunteers receive five hours of free in-class training in emergency preparedness and response including Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Fire Suppression, and Light Search and Rescue. The on-line training consists of First Aid, Triage, Disaster Psychology, Point of Distribution Management and other topics that will enable you to be able to take care of yourself, your family, and others during an emergency. During times of non-emergency, the WEVR-MRC program offers continuing education classes and related volunteer opportunities, including participation in emergency response drills.

The program is coordinated by Westchester County’s Department of Emergency Services and The Volunteer Center of United Way. All classes are held in Valhalla. To register contact evr@volunteer-center.org or call 1-866-VOL-CALL.



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