The Madison County Health Department continues to encourage local residents to prepare for disasters of both the natural and man-made variety.  The agency's Emergency Response Coordinator says in a large scale disaster where the potential for infectious disease exists, additional trained volunteers will be needed to help get antibiotics or vaccines to the public.  A training session is coming up March 24 at the Health Department facility in Wood River.

Amy Yeager, Health Promotion Manager, says even if disease is not a factor, there are other disasters where other skill sets will be called upon.  She says the Madison County Medical Reserve Corps has been very successful at recruiting members.

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She says everyone from clerical helpers to dentists to journalists could be called upon in a time of need.  To learn more about the Madison County Medical Reserve Corps, call 296-6096, or click on the e-mail link: cmpaone@co.madison.il.us

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