Lord Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps

Lord Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps The Lord Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps is a unit of volunteers protecting local Public Health and responding to public health emergencies in our communities.
In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, thousands of Americans volunteered their skills and talents to assist the community. Many more asked, “What can I do to help?”

In 2002, the Medical Reserve Corps program was established to organize community volunteer efforts to respond to public health emergencies. The MRC program is a partner program with Department of the Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps and is headquartered in the Office of the Surgeon General at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Each MRC unit is a local program built on the concept that communities can improve their overall health and preparedness by organizing volunteer resources from within. (Virginia Department of Health)
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The Lord Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps is a specialized component of Citizen Corps which is dedicated to ensuring hometown, security, through organizing and utilizing volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to promote healthy living throughout the year and to prepare for and respond to emergencies. The LFMRC supplements existing local emergency and public health resource.

Mission: It is the LFMRC mission to serve the counties of: Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, Warren and the City of Winchester by establishing teams of volunteers to strengthen the public health infrastructure and improve emergency preparedness and response.

Did you know that Valley Health has a Community Sharps Program that allows you to deposit your used needles safely at an...
09/27/2014

Did you know that Valley Health has a Community Sharps Program that allows you to deposit your used needles safely at any time of the day? Visit Valleyhealthlink.com for more information!

Today there will be multiple locations in Shenandoah County where you can drop off your old, unused, or unwanted prescri...
09/27/2014

Today there will be multiple locations in Shenandoah County where you can drop off your old, unused, or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Clean out those cabinets and stop by to drop them off and learn about prescription drug safety! The LFMRC partners with the Family Youth Initiative (FYI) who sponsors this event.

07/01/2014

DONORS NEEDED! We are still seeking pledges for the blood drive on October 19 during Family Fun Fest! Let us know if you or anyone you know is interested!!!

06/10/2014

Facebook has been updated once again so please let us know if anything looks funny on our page! We hope everyone in the Strasburg and surrounding areas are recovering from Sunday's storm. Times such as these are when we realize just how important being prepared for emergencies is! If we can help you in any way with preparing for your next unplanned emergency, please let us know!

06/04/2014

Two pledges have been made for the Blood Drive so far! We are looking for indivduals to serve as Donor Recruiters for our event. Please contact us if you are ready to volunteer!

06/02/2014

Good afternoon! We are currently seeking pledges AND volunteers to support a Red Cross Blood Drive to take place on October 19, 2014 in Woodstock, VA during Family Fun Fest. LFMRC participated in Family Fun Fest last year and we are eager to help again! If you or someone you know is willing to pledge to donate at this event please let us know! Pledges must be submitted by August 1. Thank you!

Visit www.readyvirginia.gov!!!
05/28/2014

Visit www.readyvirginia.gov!!!

It's the week of Virginia's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, now through Saturday, May 31!

Save money on tax-free bottled water, phone chargers, flashlights, gas-powered chainsaws under $350, batteries, NOAA weather radios and more!

Get more info at www.ReadyVirginia.gov

05/27/2014
FEMA National Preparedness Coalition

FIFTEEN preparedness apps are available from FEMA. It's so easy a toddler CAN do it (download the app, of course).

Join the National Preparedness Community and learn how to prepare yourself and others for natural and man made disasters.

A friendly reminder. Time is everything during a stroke.
05/09/2014
Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms

A friendly reminder. Time is everything during a stroke.

Learn the stroke warning signs and symptoms today. Time lost is brain lost.

Rappahannock Medical Reserve Corps
04/30/2014

Rappahannock Medical Reserve Corps

04/30/2014

The Drug Take Back was a success in Shenandoah County! Thank you to Edie McGoff for volunteering! Thank you to Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office, Strasburg PD, and Woodstock PD for allowing us to share our information with the community! Our next mission: Letting everyone know about the Community Sharps Program at Warren Memorial, Page Memorial, and Shenadoah Memorial hospitals!

04/24/2014

The National Take-Back Initiative is THIS SATURDAY!!! Bring your unused and expired medications to a drop off location to have them properly disposed of. Help keep drugs out of our waterways and teach our children the importance of prescription drug safety! LFMRC will be set up at Woodstock PD and Strasburg PD with some great information! Hope to see you there!

04/17/2014
Drug Disposal Information - National Take-Back Initiative

Saturday, April 26 is the day for the DEA National Take-Back Initiative! LFMRC will be in Strasburg and Woodstock with information on prescription drug safety. Follow the link below to find a collection site near you! Remember: Secure. Monitor. DISPOSE.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Have you checked out the YRA website yet? If not, now is the perfect opportunity because our very own Volunteer Coordina...
04/07/2014
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Have you checked out the YRA website yet? If not, now is the perfect opportunity because our very own Volunteer Coordinator is this month's featured blogger! :)

Connecting families to a network of current support resources for and about youth in the Lord Fairfax Planning District region, including Page, Shenandoah, Warren, Frederick, and Clarke Counties and the City of Winchester, Virginia.

03/11/2014

MAD DOG is coming to Luray High School THIS THURSDAY to present on the importance of choices and to share his story. He was once one of America's Most Wanted criminals and now he's changing lives for the better! &pm at Luray High School! We'll see you there!!!

02/25/2014

Reminder to LFMRC volunteers that there is a training this evening for Special Needs in a Disaster: Alzheimer's & Dementia at our Kent St. office! Register on VVHS and TRAIN if you haven't already!!

Girls On The Run is a great program that teaches girls to love themselves for who they are. If you have a program in you...
02/18/2014

Girls On The Run is a great program that teaches girls to love themselves for who they are. If you have a program in your area or know of any young ladies who could benefit from this program, check out their page and share this information!

Spring season starts on Wednesday! There is still time to register your daughter in this transformational after school program.
http://www.girlsontherunsv.org/get-involved/register-your-girl

02/13/2014

We're hoping everyone is practicing personal preparedness during the storm! Remember to check on the elderly and disabled in your neighborhoods. Stay safe and stay warm! Comment below and let us know what your preparedness plans are!

01/26/2014
The Laurel Center: Intervention for Domestic and Sexual Violence

The Laurel Center is seeking donations. Please see the information below if you would like to help!

We are in need of the following items and are open for donation drop-offs Monday-Friday 9 am-4:30 pm (closed Tuesdays 12:30-2:30): journals, relaxation CD's, hairbrushes, haircut gift certificates, gift certificates for family friendly activities (movies, bowling, etc).

Due to space limitations we do not accept travel-sized items, clothing, or books, unless there is a specific need listed. When making in-kind donations with a value of $100 or more, please bring an itemized list to attach to your donor receipt. This helps us keep accurate records of our in-kind donations.

Thanks in advance for your support!

CDC Tobacco Free
01/26/2014

CDC Tobacco Free

Sometimes smoking takes away more than you think - like your hobbies. After having his voice box removed due to throat cancer, Shawn couldn't sing anymore. Share his tip to encourage others to find their motivation to quit for good.

Mark your calenders NOW, friends! MAD DOG has been on America's Top Ten Most Wanted and behind bars for over 10 years, a...
01/14/2014
Welcome to S.T.O.P.

Mark your calenders NOW, friends! MAD DOG has been on America's Top Ten Most Wanted and behind bars for over 10 years, and now he's coming to Luray High School! March 13, 2014 at 7pm, MAD DOG will be speaking to the community about CHOICES: how his affected his life and how yours will affect your future. Check out this website and the video for more information on MAD DOG. We'll see you there!!!

Articulate and committed to his work, MAD DOG speaks on a level youth audiences understand. Speaking from his personal experience, MAD DOG's presence conveys his lasting message effectively. He emphasizes the harsh realities of what kids can expect from bad Choices Drugs, Gangs, Prison and Death. Hi...

Do you suspect your loved one is suffering from a stroke? There's an app for that, too! Check out this FREE app from Ame...
01/08/2014
Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms

Do you suspect your loved one is suffering from a stroke? There's an app for that, too! Check out this FREE app from American Heart Association and download it for easy access to warning signs and symptoms! Let us know what you think!

Learn the stroke warning signs and symptoms today. Time lost is brain lost.

Need to perform CPR? There's an app for that! The American Heart Association created the app "AHAHandsOnly" to get the m...
01/07/2014
Hands Only CPR

Need to perform CPR? There's an app for that! The American Heart Association created the app "AHAHandsOnly" to get the message out about Hands-Only CPR. Check out this app and download it for FREE to help save a life. If you are interested in attending a CPR class contact us or check out:

Hands-Only CPR can be just as effective as conventional CPR. Learn what Hands-Only CPR is and how to give it.

If anyone you know needs shelter from this harsh cold please share this information with them!
01/07/2014
WATTS - Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter

If anyone you know needs shelter from this harsh cold please share this information with them!

How it works? Area faith communities host shelter guests for one week at a time, beginning on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. and concluding on the following Monday morning at 7:00 a.m. A healthy, nutritious dinner and a light breakfast is provided each day.

See this resource for information on preparedness for the extreme cold our area is currently experiencing.
01/06/2014
Winter Storms & Extreme Cold | Ready.gov

See this resource for information on preparedness for the extreme cold our area is currently experiencing.

While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-dri...

12/30/2013
Influenza Surveillance

There is a lot of information surfacing about influenza in Virginia. Here is a link to the facts:

Purpose: The Virginia Department of Health monitors the level of activity of influenza-like illness (ILI) each week from October through May. Those are the months when influenza ("flu") is most likely to occur in Virginia, and that time period is referred to as the "flu season".

12/30/2013

Statistics continually show that motor vehicle crashes involving impaired drivers occur at a higher rate through the New Year's holiday than any other time of the year. Making the decision to not drink and drive can save lives. So be a hero this holiday season so everyone can enjoy a safe and happy New Year!

12/25/2013

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!

What's in your first aid kit?
12/16/2013
December Fact Sheet: First Aid - Do1Thing

What's in your first aid kit?

An emergency can happen at any time and any place. Many public places have a first aid kit, oxygen, or an AED (automated external defibrillator) to treat people. These items can only save lives if someone knows how to use them. Actions you take in the first few minutes after an injury or other medic...

A message from a local fire department. Happy Holidays!
12/05/2013

A message from a local fire department. Happy Holidays!

Tis the season for Christmas Trees and Holiday Joy. Please remember to water your trees so we don't have to do it for you.

12/04/2013

We hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season so far! It's a time for hot cocoa, mistletoe, snow, and fires! Yes, fires! 'Tis the season for chimney fires and we would to send out a cheerful reminder of the importance of having your chimneys cleaned and checked. Also, remember to keep your Christmas trees watered to avoid fires starting in dry trees. Let's all have a happy and safe winter season!

12/01/2013

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! Traffic is very heavy today so please be careful in your travels!

11/04/2013

LFMRC volunteers have been administering flu shots today and will vaccinate again tomorrow! Have you been vaccinated? Consider your local health department if you haven't already!

Happy Halloween! We hope that you enjoy your scary day and remember to be safe when Trick-or-Treating!
10/31/2013
Trick or treat! Tips for Halloween safety – Consumer Reports News

Happy Halloween! We hope that you enjoy your scary day and remember to be safe when Trick-or-Treating!

Parents know the drill--they want their little ones to have a super-fun and not-too-spooky time trick-or-treating, all the while staying safe. No problem: Follow these handy tips and your little princess, Batman, or Spiderman should be good to go.

Have you walked today?
10/25/2013
EveryBody Walk

Have you walked today?

Every Body Walk! is an online educational site aimed at getting Americans up and moving, a walking hub, containing news and resources on walking, health information, walking maps and how to find walking groups.

Drug Disposal Information - National Take-Back Initiative
10/25/2013
Drug Disposal Information - National Take-Back Initiative

Drug Disposal Information - National Take-Back Initiative

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week. Are you wearing your red ribbon to show the world that you are a part of the fight aga...
10/25/2013
Red Ribbon Campaign

October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week. Are you wearing your red ribbon to show the world that you are a part of the fight against alcohol and drug abuse? Help kids grow up safe, healthy, and drug-free!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! What are you doing to show your support?
10/17/2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! What are you doing to show your support?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early. Women aged 50-74 years should get a mammogram every 2 years. Women aged 40-49 years should ask their doctor about when and how often to get a mammogram. http://go.usa.gov/DzXx

Valley Health has an opportunity for dads coming up! Check out this awesome event!
10/17/2013

Valley Health has an opportunity for dads coming up! Check out this awesome event!

Boot Camp for New Dads
Join veteran dads (and their babies) to learn how they made it through the first months of parenthood and resurfaced as confident, on-the-job fathers. Learn how to handle a baby, find out about issues you didn’t know were important and how to blow off issues you thought were. In this MEN-ONLY environment, no question is stupid and no topic off limits.

October 19th - 9:00 am – Noon
Winchester Medical Center
North Tower – Main Level
Women & Children’s Classroom
To register call 540-536-8768
First 3 registrations are FREE

For more info about all available classes for expectant and new parents, visit http://www.valleyhealthlink.com/classes

10/17/2013
Medical Reserve Corps

Great news from the MRC!

While we thought the record high number of activities reported last year was impressive (12,807 activities reported in fiscal year 2012), the MRC network continues to exceed expectations!

From October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013 (fiscal year 2013), MRC unit leaders reported a new record high 14,760 activities, with at least one report from 879 units (about 90% of the MRC network). This continues to show an incredible level of community engagement and impact. In addition, 420 units met my challenge of reporting 12 or more activities (one activity per month). My challenge to you for fiscal year 2014 is to conduct – and report - at least 2 activities per month (or 24 for the year).

Your work continues to demonstrate the value of the MRC network to leaders and stakeholders at all levels. We know that there are some tremendous hurdles and mounting needs in communities across the nation, and MRC leaders and volunteers are stepping up to provide outstanding services to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities and build community resilience. - CAPT Tosatto, Director, DCVMRC

10/10/2013
Fire Safety - Halloween : Fire : Upper Dublin Township, PA

Even though Halloween isn't quite here yet, it is Fire Prevention Week and it's never too soon to prepare! Check out this safety information provided by a fire department to make sure you enjoy your holiday safely!

Halloween Safety

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10/09/2013
5 tips for Fire Prevention Week

Have you created an escape plan to help keep your family safe? Check out this article for 5 Simple Steps. Happy Fire Prevention Week!

Kick off Fire Prevention Week today with these simple tips to keep your family safe.

Happy Fire Prevention Week 2013! Have you seen this amazing home fire suppression device? Check out this website and see...
10/08/2013
StoveTop FireStop

Happy Fire Prevention Week 2013! Have you seen this amazing home fire suppression device? Check out this website and see how it works!

Mailing Address: StoveTop FireStop 200 Greenleaf Street Fort Worth, TX 76107 Phone: 1-817-872-1500 Toll-Free: 888-616-7976

It's Fire Prevention Week 2013! Have you tested your smoke detector this week? Take the prevention quiz here!!!
10/07/2013
Fire Prevention Week quiz

It's Fire Prevention Week 2013! Have you tested your smoke detector this week? Take the prevention quiz here!!!

Address

107 N Kent St
Winchester, VA
22601

General information

The Medical Reserve Corps program was implemented during Former President Bush’s 2002 State of Union Address. It is a White House initiative in partnership with Citizen Corps, but housed within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is a national program with a local focus in recruiting and training health professionals as well as other citizens interested in public health, volunteering to help protect the health and safety of their community during public health emergencies. The Medical Reserve Corps is sponsored by the Lord Fairfax Health District and is known as the Lord Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps.

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