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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.