The Public Health Emergency Response Team (PHERT) and the Niagara County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) would be activated during an emergency. Team members would work in the POD’s to bring services to the public in an efficient manner.
Volunteers may also be mobilized during any event that would require additional staffing. Some examples of an emergency event that would require volunteer health / medical staff are pandemic flu, smallpox outbreak, large scale foodborne/waterborne outbreak or any large scale environmental exposure to disease event that exceeds the surge capacities of our five hospitals, medical clinics, and related health systems.
In addition to administering vaccine, volunteers would be assigned to help fill out forms, give people directions, keep track of supplies, or perform other jobs, such as:
- Set up and break down equipment;
- Help those being vaccinated to complete paperwork;
- Streamline and direct people waiting to be vaccinated;
- Provide computer network support and a backup paper system; and
- Support internal communications.
The Niagara County Health Department is continuously recruiting volunteers. For more information on volunteering with Niagara County Health Department, please call us at 716-439-7439.
Local Volunteer Organizations
Niagara University, Border Community Services
The mission of Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University is to provide emergency preparedness training to citizens and to encourage their participation in opportunities that enhance regional emergency readiness. Border Community SERVICE training for citizen volunteers includes CERT (Community Emergency Response Team training). The project also offers opportunities for trained volunteers to participate in activities designed to enhance regional emergency preparedness. BCS works with numerous emergency service partners to plan and participate in training exercises and drills on various preparedness levels.
Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps
To date, the MRC (Medical Reserve Corp), under sponsorship of the Niagara Falls Citizens Corps Council, has recruited practicing physicians, registered nurses, dentists, pharmacists, social workers, and ham radio operators to assist the county health teams with immunizations and vaccinations in case of terrorist events.
Click here to sign up to become a volunteer today!
Citizen Corps asks you to embrace the personal responsibility to be prepared; to get training in first aid and emergency skills; and to volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster relief, and community safety.