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  News from the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association                                  Winter/Spring 2010

Join the Maryland Professional Volunteer Corps

Can we count on you when a disaster strikes, an emergency is declared or a public health event is planned? The Maryland Professional Volunteer Corps is made up of health care and community professionals willing to respond to disasters and emergencies and assist with health promotion activities.

About MPVC
The MPVC is the state of Maryland’s Medical Reserve Corps, providing a critical resource to the residents of Maryland. A pre-registered volunteer is more valuable in a response situation as credentials and licensure statuses have already been checked. This allows for a more effective volunteer response.

What can they do?
Volunteers are asked to practice within the scope of their licensed profession.

How is an MPVC volunteer protected?
Volunteers called out by the MPVC are provided state of Maryland worker’s compensation and liability coverage.

Why do they volunteer?
Volunteers are motivated by a sense of patriotism, the desire to give back, to learn new skills or enhance or extend their current skills.

A decision to register does not require or imply 24 hour availability; volunteers can choose to respond to an incident based on their availability at the time of the callout.

Deployment notifications and general communication with volunteers are distributed through a web-based volunteer management system---MDResponds.

Training is provided through various means: on-site, web-based and through involvement in emergency exercises.

Volunteers are provided an emergency response picture ID badge that recognizes them as a registered MPVC volunteer.

Volunteers have deployed to the areas affected by Katrina, provided support during inauguration activities, dispensed vaccines at flu clinics and answered H1N1 “hot line” phone lines. MPVC volunteers are represented by nearly 20 health professions and include non-health care professionals that provide critical non-medical support. To register, go to www.mdresponds.dhmh.maryland.gov

For more information on the MPVC, go to: http://Preparedness.dhmh.state.md.us/mpvc

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