Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Join us for a Mass Dispensing Exercise
Volunteers are needed for a Door to Door Dispensing Exercise centered in Germantown/Collierville neighborhoods surrounding Houston High School.
Thursday, December 12, 2013

8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Meeting location:
H.W. Cox, Jr. Community Center
440 West Powell Rd Collierville, TN

The goal of the exercise is to test the process of providing "medications" to homes in a certain area.
Depending on the nature and scope of the disaster, the public may not be able to come to a Point of Dispensing Clinic to receive their medications.
This is an innovative process to provide these medications in a rapid and efficient manner.

We will deliver the "medications" to approximately 2800 homes using many staff and volunteers.
Volunteers are needed primarily to deliver the "medications" either by walking door to door or driving in an assigned section.
Volunteers are also needed to assist with registration, administrative and other tasks.
Contact Matt (901)222-8205 office (901)508-8337 cell james.mcdaniel@shelbycountytn.gov
Or Jenny (901)222-8200 office (901)508-7327 cell jennifer.russell@shelbycountytn.gov
Shelby County Health Department - Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program

We had a large group of volunteers cancel today, so we are in a bit of a pinch. Though, this is an opportunity to reach out to our volunteer partners and get to know each other. Thanks so much for all you do!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

September Volunteer Needs


URGENT VOLUNTEER NEED – Saturday, Sept. 7th for Convoy of Hope
Cook Convention Center 255 N. Main St., Memphis, 38103
Event is 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  
Volunteers will work 3 ½ hour shifts 9:00 to 12:30 and 12:00 to 3:30

Volunteer Mid-South needs some outgoing and reliable volunteers for a project on September 7th we are doing in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation and Hands On Network. 
Volunteers will be manning a booth at the Convoy of Hope event at the Cook Convention Center.  The event serves low income and some homeless people with a variety of services. 
We would be encouraging the event participants to sit with us for a few minutes to begin completing an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit that will help them collect information they would need if a disaster occurred and they were forced to evacuate.  We saw a lack of this sort of preparedness when we helped with the evacuees form Hurricane Katrina.  

There are 2 kinds of volunteer positions
Recruiter: Volunteers will be outside the booth recruiting participants and offering them the opportunity to get a FREE Build a Disaster Kit Bag and to win gift cards if they work with a volunteer to begin completing a Emergency Financial First Aid Kit.  6 recruiters are needed. Use the link below to sign up for this volunteer job:

Disaster Plan Helpers: Volunteers will work in the Disaster Plan Completion Area and assist participants in BEGINNING TO COMPLETE an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit.  A brief volunteer training will be provided.  Volunteers do not need deep financial knowledge; they just need to explain the importance of having financial records ready in case of disaster or evacuation. They also need to be able to help participants understand the FREE plan book.  24 disaster plan helpers are needed. Use the link below to sign up for this volunteer job:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Emergency Response Drills – 9/9 and 9/22
Correction on Oak Court Mall Emergency Response Drill - Sept. 22, 2013
The date of this drill was originally listed incorrectly as August 22nd.

Would you like to participate in a community emergency response drill?  This is a great way to serve and help prepare our community to respond to emergencies. Volunteers are needed to act as “evacuees, patient’s or victim’s” in several upcoming exercises/drills. Many of the volunteers will be moulaged (wear stage make-up), act as victims, and many will be transported to area hospitals via ambulance or bus. A big component of these drills will be testing the hospitals response to a “surge” of patients.  Volunteers will return to the original location upon completion. Volunteers are an important piece of this drill as the live people provide a more realistic experience for the responders. The experience is great for the volunteer as well as it helps the person think through how they may need to respond should an actual event occur, and how to prepare in advance. Volunteers participating in previous exercises expressed that their experience made a big difference for them in understanding their patients or client’s experiences.

Monday, September 9 at Memphis International Airport  l  Check-in at 7:30 am, ends around 4 pm  l *Ages 18 and up  
For more information about the Airport Drill contact Lori Morris at lorim@mscaa.comor (901)922-8754.

Sunday, September 22 at Oak Court Mall  l  Check-in at 7 am, ends around 12:30 pm  l  *Ages 13 and up
The date of this drill was originally listed incorrectly as August 22nd.
For more information and to register for drills at the Mall, please visit:  www.shelbycountytn.gov/mrc. Contact Jenny at (901)222-8200 or (901)508-7327 or  jennifer.russell@shelbycountytn.gov

Friday, May 24, 2013

Want to exercise your dramatic skills AND help the Memphis region prepare for a disaster? 
We need 200 people to play "disaster victims" on June 7th for a regional drill in collaboration with the Tennessee Air National Guard and 19 area hospitals. Some lucky folks will even get wound makeup (aka "moulage").

In the morning scenario, there will be a "hurricane evacuation" into Memphis where volunteers will board a C-17 aircraft, be "triaged" and then taken to a local hospital for treatment. After lunch, there will be an "earthquake evacuation" out of Memphis, where volunteers will be evacuated from the hospital to the Air National Guard hangar to be "airlifted" to safety.

Date: June 7, 2013
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Air National Guard Hangar (near the Memphis airport)

Advanced registration for the exercise is REQUIRED for coordination and clearance onto the base. To register, go to www.shelbycountytn.gov/PHEPP Please enter the name of the partner organization which you are affiliated with (e.g., Shelby Cares, Red Cross, Mid-South VOAD, Habitat for Humanity, etc) as this will help us with credentialing.

If you have questions about volunteering, you can contact:

Jenny Russell RN, MSN
Nurse Educator, Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
Shelby County Health Department
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program
1075 Mullins Station W228 Memphis, TN 38134
Office (901)222-8200  Cell (901)508-7327

Friday, April 19, 2013

2013 Vulnerable Populations Preparedness Symposium
Tuesday, May 14  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Memphis Botanic Gardens

presented by The Shelby County Health Department's 
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program

This is excellent training for any individual, nonprofit, or church group that is interested in providing assistance to members of vulnerable populations before, during or after an emergency or disaster. Vulnerable populations include individuals with mental illness, visual impairment, hearing impairment and functional needs. Vulnerable populations also include kids, non-English speakers, and many other individuals. Training is FREE and open to public, but advance registration is required.
Learn more at: http://www.shelbycountytn.gov/documentcenter/view/12560

Register at http://www.shelbycountytn.gov/PHEPP