5 STEPS TO MRC DEPLOYMENT
Complete your registration at the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) website: https://healthcarevolunteers.ca.gov. Please be sure to pick the correct unit in the drop down menu, “Santa Cruz County Medical Reserve Corps”. DHV is a state database that MRC uses to verify licensure and communicate with volunteers. Please make sure that you mark Santa Cruz County MRC as your affiliation and keep your profile up-to-date. If you are licensed, please be sure your license status is current. In a disaster, the DHV registry is the quickest way for us to search for MRC volunteers with the licensure, training and competency that the particular disaster might require, so it is a good idea to periodically review your DHV profile and update as needed.
Attest that you have a Family and Personal Emergency Preparedness Plan so that you feel comfortable leaving your residence when activated.
Print and complete the Family and Personal Emergency Plan, then sign and mail it as instructed on the form. You may also scan the completed form and email it to our Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com. For more information, read the Red Cross Family Disaster Plan document or go to Ready.gov.
3. Train Online
Complete the “IS-100b” online course on the FEMA website. This Incident Command System training is mandatory so that volunteers from different organizations can work together during a disaster. The course will take 2–3 hours. This is the third version of this course, IS 100b. Those who have taken earlier versions, IS 100 or IS 100a do not need to retake the latest version, but it is recommended that you go through this latest version to keep up to date.
When you complete the course final exam, you will receive an email of your Certificate of Completion. You must document your completion of IS 100 in the DHV registry. To do this, log in to DHV and go to your profile. Under the trainings tab, there is a drop down menu and you MUST choose IS 100 (not ICS 100). Information on how nurses can claim CEUs for this course is available below.
Attend a new member Orientation. Orientation is usually offered before each exercise. Information about upcoming classes is communicated by email and posted on our website. After completion of the orientation, volunteers will be given their SCC MRC “uniform” (T-shirt, cap and logo decals as well as a “Go Kit” tote bag). Uniform accessories are available for purchase online and at some local retailers.
5. Take the Oath
In an emergency, the MRC will be activated by the County Health Officer as Disaster Service Workers (DSW) volunteers. DSW designation, which provides liability coverage for MRC volunteers, requires activated volunteers to have taken the DSW oath before an authorized person and to have a photograph made for their DSW badge. The oath is administered and photos taken at our Annual Meeting and other opportunities during the year.
Strongly encouraged – Complete Psychological First Aid (PFA) training and CPR training.
After completing these 5 Steps continue your training by taking part in the exercises that the SCC MRC organizes each year. All MRC announcements are sent out through the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) email system. Please make sure to add DHV to your safe email list. Watch the calendar on our Home Page for the details and to sign up.
CEU’s Available for IS 100b
The California Board of Registered Nursing has confirmed that CEUs awarded for FEMA online courses will be accepted for RN license renewal purposes in California.
There is no BRN CEP number. RNs who want to use these courses for license renewal purposes should retain the certificate(s), indicate the course number, title, and number of contact hours. For the provider, indicate FEMA/NIMS as the provider.
Those who pass the course(s) must print out the email/certificate for their records. Most of the courses are good for 3 or more contact hours (0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour).
MRC Training website available for Volunteers
The MRC training website helps you to:
- Quickly find and register for many courses listed on Train.org and participating TRAIN affiliate sites,
- Track your learning with personal online transcripts,
- Access valuable materials, course reviews, and discussions to improve your learning experience, and
- Stay informed of the latest public health trainings for your area or expertise.