Rhode Islanders Making Readiness A Commitment
Announcements


If you are interested in joining our team, visit www.riresponds.org /MRC


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RIDMAT/MRC’S 2016 ANNUAL REPORT

Please find attached a review of the organization and its activities throughout the past year in RIDMAT/MRC's 2016 Annual Report

Thank you to those that participated in making an impact on the public health and readiness of Rhode Island and its communities by exercising capabilities and ensuring that DMAT/MRC is ready when called. 

We look forward to welcoming a new class of 2017 members and a busy, safe and well planned year ahead. 

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2017 RIDMAT/MRC NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION SESSIONS

Orientations are required for new members of RIDMAT/MRC to be covered and considered active.  Orientations offer a tour of the facility, badge picture and t-shirt distribution as well as a review of the DMAT’s Medical Reserve Corps and its mission.  The orientations last just over an hour and are all located at the RIDMAT/MRC headquarters at 50 Barnett Lane West Greenwich, RI 02817. RI MRC / RI DMAT Warehouse Map

Please sign in to www.riresponds.org / Training.  Once you have selected a session, the orientation will be moved to your “Signed Up” folder.  A confirmation email will be sent prior to the event for those signed up.  Once the class has filled up, it will be removed from www.riresponds.org.  Send an email to info@riresponds.org if you have any problems. 




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RI Medical Reserve Corps Receives a $20,000 MRC Challenge Award for Public Health Initiatives to Benefit All Rhode Islanders

Funds to be used to decrease deaths from opioid overdose and increase access to life-saving medications.

http://www.noperi.org/

The Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps has been awarded a $20,000 Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Challenge Award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in partnership with the Office of the Surgeon General. The award will be used to provide opioid overdose prevention, recognition, and treatment education to Rhode Islanders most at risk.  It will also help expand access to naloxone, a life-saving medication that is used to treat opioid overdose.

 

Rhode Island has the seventh highest fatal overdose rate in the nation and drug overdose has been the leading cause of accidental death in the state since 2008. This award will serve as the initial funding for RIDMAT/ MRC's Naloxone and Overdose Prevention Education Program (NOPE-RI). Drawing from the same robust volunteer base that fueled the successful H1N1 vaccination clinics in 2009-2010, NOPE-RI will work collaboratively with community groups and social service organizations that are in contact with the at-risk population to deliver the curriculum.  The program educates opioid users, their families and friends on overdose prevention, overdose recognition, and overdose treatment, including the administration of naloxone (Narcan), a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of opioids.  NOPE-RI works with the Drug Overdose Prevention and Rescue Coalition to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have the tools they need to prevent, recognize, and treat opioid overdose. 



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RIDMAT/MRC is a state-based 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to recruit, train, mobilize, manage and equip a volunteer response corps to enhance state and local capabilities.  By working to reduce the vulnerability of Rhode Island and its communities to disaster risk through community public health activities, the promotion of personal preparedness and enhanced response capabilities, RIDMAT/MRC is active in preparing for and responding to the public health and emergency response needs of Rhode Island and its communities.
 

RIDMAT/MRC provides training to its members in the form of field hospital events.  The goal of these events is aimed at training medical health professional volunteers to prepare for and respond to public health and emergency response disasters by providing hospital-level care to participants and spectators.  RIDMAT/MRC’s participation at these events alleviates surge on local EMS services and area hospitals and additionally familiarizes the volunteer with the processes and equipment that are used in the instance of a public health emergency or disaster event. 


As a member of RIDMAT/MRC you will have an important role in Making Readiness a Commitment!


If you are interested in volunteering with the RIDMAT/MRC please take the time to fill out the online application and begin to receive email notifications about MRC events and trainings at www.riresponds.org / MRC  

A new member RIDMAT/MRC orientation session is required for new volunteers prior to volunteering and these orientations are available for online sign up at http://www.riresponds.org / Trainings / Search Open Sessions 



All MRC Orientations are held at the RI MRC / RI DMAT Headquarters and begin at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted)

RI MRC / RI DMAT Headquarters

Upcoming Orientation Schedule:

 

3/14/2017

1800 - 1930

25 Seats

4/19/2017

1800 - 1930

25 Seats

5/9/2017

1800 – 1930

25 Seats

6/17/2017

1000-1100

25 Seats

7/25/2017

1800-1930

25 Seats


             

 

In the meantime, members will receive email updates about classroom training opportunities you are able to attend, if interested. 



Please ensure that you have completed the RI MRC online application and  log in tohttp://www.riresponds.org  to  SIGN UP FOR TRAINING.


For more information, please contact
info@riresponds.org or call 1 888 549-3335 Ext 201