Newsletter Focus: Member Training Opportunities
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Dear U of MN Medical Reserve Corps Members,

As a volunteer coordinator I am thrilled when I receive inquiries from Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) members regarding available training opportunities. These inquiries indicate a commitment to preparedness which in turn strengthens our MRC unit's capability to respond to emergencies and disasters.

I encourage you to review the training opportunities listed below, including the on-line training modules, many of which are utilized by MRC units across the state of Minnesota.

We appreciate your continued interest in emergency preparedness and response.

Warm regards,


Kathy Hite Berlin
U of MN Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
medicalreserve@umn.edu612-626-4722 (office)
Mayo Building, 3rd floor, room C-386 
In-Person Training Opportunities

Responding to an Active Shooter
For the past 2 years, the AHC Office of Emergency Response (OER) has sponsored an awareness level training  on how to respond to an active shooter in a public area such as a workplace or campus.  The U of MN MRC supports these AHC Prepared events by providing logistics support before and after the presentation.

The one hour Active Shooter presentation is being offered on both the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses in the coming months. Click here for information regarding the "Responding to an Active Shooter" training event scheduled for Wednesday, January 27 on the St. Paul campus.

Bystander (Hands-only) CPR Training
During this one hour class you will learn how to assist someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, perform hands only CPR, and how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

Click here for detailed information regarding the Bystander CPR training events scheduled for both the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses in February.

On-line Training Modules

Recognizing the challenges MRC members may have regarding attending in-person training events, we have established a list of on-line training modules that prepare MRC members for their role in a MRC deployment.

Click here
for a list of  recommended on-line training modules. NOTE: Should you have time to view one or two modules, we highly recommend the following modules:
Mass Dispensing Sites: A Primer for Volunteers and/or
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS): A Primer for Volunteers

MRC Identification Badges and T-shirts

U of M MRC members are issued photo identification badges once they have viewed the on-line U of MN MRC orientation. These identification badges:
  •  Identify individuals as members of the U of M MRC program
  •  Are required to gain access to the scene of an authorized U of M MRC  deployment
  •  Must be worn during MRC deployments, drills, and exercises so it is visible above the waistline

For those MRC members who have not received a MRC ID badge and/or a MRC t-shirt, we will be holding a badge/t-shirt distribution event in February.  

Click here for information regarding the badge and t-shirt distribution events for both the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses.
Medical Reserve Corps - Member Spotlight

Allison Au

I joined the University’s MRC program in 2013 because I enjoy volunteer work and the MRC has a need for skills I possess.
AHC-Office of Emergency Response Staff

AHC Office of Emergency Response Director's Update
Jill DeBoer, MPH

Kathy Berlin, RN, PHN
MRC Coordinator
612 626-4722

Elaine Collison, MPA
Deputy Director 
Carlos R. Cruz
Project Manager

Laurel O’Neil
Office Manager

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Office of Emergency Response
Mayo Memorial Building
420 Delaware Street S.E.
MMC 263
Minneapolis, MN. 55455

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