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NEW: Important Information Regarding MRC Exercise  
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Dear U of MN Medical Reserve Corps Members,

Thankfully, campus public health emergencies are a very rare occurrence. As part of our efforts to prepare for such incidents, we occasionally participate in emergency response exercises on campus and in the region.

This summer our Medical Reserve Corps unit will be participating in an important emergency response exercise that will test the campus Family Assistance Center (FAC) plan.

We are asking all MRC members  review the first section of the newsletter which offers a very brief overview of Family Assistance Centers and the upcoming FAC exercise.
 

Warm regards,

Kathy 


Kathy Hite Berlin RN, PHN
U of MN Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
medicalreserve@umn.edu
612-626-4722 (office)
Mayo Building, 3rd floor, room C-386 
MRC Family Assistance Center Exercise

What is a Family Assistance Center?
A Family Assistance Center (FAC) is a key component of an effective response to a mass fatality incident.  A FAC functions as a secure area that serves to:
1) support the collections of antemortem information, which is instrumental in positive victim identification
2) provide a central location for death notifications by the Medical Examiner
3) provide emotional support to family and friends of missing loved ones
4) offer situational updates to family and friends of missing individuals

The AHC Office of Emergency Response has been tasked with developing the campus FAC plans. U of MN MRC members will serves as the primary staff for a campus FAC.

The MRC's Logistics Strike Team and Behavioral Health Response Strike Team will be key components of a well functioning campus FAC.

Preliminary Exercise Details
Date: Tuesday, August 9
Time: 8am-12:pm: Logistics Strike Team Members
         10am-12pm: Behavioral Health Response Strike Team Members
Participants: Members of the Logistics Strike Team and the Behavioral Health Response Strike Team, and AHC Office of Emergency Response Staff

More detailed information regarding the MRC Family Assistance Center Exercise will be included in upcoming MRC newsletters.

Contact the MRC Coordinator at medicalreserve@umn.edu with any questions regarding this important MRC event.
Logistics Strike Team Meeting
 
Current and prospective members will meet to review team members' roles & responsibilities and to discuss the important role Logistics Strike Team members will have during the  Family Assistance Center Exercise. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the strike team leaders and AHC Office of Emergency Response Staff.The Logistics Strike Team is instrumental to the success of all MRC activities including deployments, training events, and exercises. During the meeting we will

Membership on this strike team may be of particular interest to individuals who do not have a health care license.

Click here for more details regarding the April 26 team meeting.
Lunch and Learn: Basic First Aid

This class will cover topics in basic first aid including what to do for seizures, choking, bleeding, and heat exposure. This class does not include instruction on CPR.

Minneapolis Campus Class
Date:
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time:  12:00pm-1:00pm
Participants:  Academic Health Center students, staff, and faculty – and Medical Reserve Corps members
Additional Information: Light lunch will be served
Register: Please click here to register by noon on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

St. Paul Campus Class
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time:  12:00pm-1:00pm
Participants:  Academic Health Center students, staff, and faculty – and Medical Reserve Corps members
Additional Information: Light lunch will be served
Register: Please click here to register by noon on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
Spotlight: The AHC Office of Emergency Response
 
Under the leadership of Jill DeBoer, the  AHC Office of Emergency Response coordinates and organizes campus resources to assist community partners during campus, local, state, or national health emergencies. One such resource is our Medical Reserve Corps program.Click here to access a  note from Ms. DeBoer that shines the spotlight on the work executed by multiple departments that ensures a prompt and effective response to campus public health emergencies.
AHC-Office of Emergency Response Staff

AHC Office of Emergency Response Director's Update
  
Jill DeBoer, MPH
Director
jdeboer@umn.edu
612-625-3958

Kathy Berlin, RN, PHN
MRC Coordinator
berli034@umn.edu
612 626-4722

Elaine Collison, MPA
Deputy Director
collison@umn.edu 
612-625-9684 
Carlos R. Cruz
Project Manager
crcruz@umn.edu
612-626-7694

Laurel O’Neil
Office Manager
oneil005@umn.edu
612-624-9272




 
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