Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps

Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps The Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a unit of local medical and non-medical volunteers who are ready to respond to public health emergencies and support public health emergency preparedness across Alexandria.

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?” The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was established in 2002 as a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network is made up of 987 community-based units and almost 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories.

Alexandria Point of Dispensing (POD) Training - volunteers learned fundamentals of setting up and running a POD site in ...
06/19/2019

Alexandria Point of Dispensing (POD) Training - volunteers learned fundamentals of setting up and running a POD site in the event of public health or other emergency. Information on the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) was also provided! Class ended with a small exercise!

MRC volunteers and AHD staff joining efforts during the TB Awareness Campaign!
05/13/2019

MRC volunteers and AHD staff joining efforts during the TB Awareness Campaign!

Outreach at the Oakland Baptist Church Health Fair! Are you ready??
05/04/2019

Outreach at the Oakland Baptist Church Health Fair! Are you ready??

Alexandria & Fairfax MRC working hand-in-hand at the USPTO Community Day!
05/02/2019

Alexandria & Fairfax MRC working hand-in-hand at the USPTO Community Day!

Tornadoes? Hurricanes? Is our community ready? Come out at the USPTO Community Day and find Alexandria MRC!!! We will te...
05/02/2019

Tornadoes? Hurricanes? Is our community ready? Come out at the USPTO Community Day and find Alexandria MRC!!! We will teach you emergency preparedness!

Having fun at the 2019 USPTO Wellness Fair!!
04/23/2019

Having fun at the 2019 USPTO Wellness Fair!!

Celebrating 100 years anniversary!! Come join us for the Open House at Alexandria Health Department! MRC rocks!!!
04/04/2019

Celebrating 100 years anniversary!! Come join us for the Open House at Alexandria Health Department! MRC rocks!!!

Today’s anniversary ends with a Psychological First Aid and outreach at First Thursday in Del Ray! Go MRC!!!!
04/04/2019

Today’s anniversary ends with a Psychological First Aid and outreach at First Thursday in Del Ray! Go MRC!!!!

MRC Rabies Ambassadors doing rabies outreach and education at two Farmer’s Markets.
03/30/2019

MRC Rabies Ambassadors doing rabies outreach and education at two Farmer’s Markets.

MRC volunteers in collaboration with The Red Cross and Alexandria Fire Department will distribute emergency preparedness...
03/16/2019

MRC volunteers in collaboration with The Red Cross and Alexandria Fire Department will distribute emergency preparedness materials during fire alarms installations.

Alexandria turned GREEN on March 2nd when thousands of people celebrated the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. AHD staf...
03/12/2019

Alexandria turned GREEN on March 2nd when thousands of people celebrated the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
AHD staff and their families got together to promote 100 years of service to the health and wellness of Alexandria residents. Individuals from various departments held banners and distributed awareness materials to the public. Marching alongside staff members were 8 volunteers from Alexandria’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and their family members. As a team we emphasized in the community that we work together every day to advance and promote “Healthier People, Healthier Communities”.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 1am to 7pm Wednesday, Feb. 20. The region is expected to see about 3-5in of sno...
02/19/2019
Snowstorms & Extreme Cold | Ready.gov

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 1am to 7pm Wednesday, Feb. 20. The region is expected to see about 3-5in of snow, changing to sleet & rain on Weds. Learn how to stay safe before, during, & after extreme cold by visiting: www.ready.gov/winter #WinterSafety

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. A winter storm can:Last a few hours or several days;Knock out hea...

Snowstorms & Extreme Cold | Ready.gov
02/19/2019
Snowstorms & Extreme Cold | Ready.gov

Snowstorms & Extreme Cold | Ready.gov

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. A winter storm can:Last a few hours or several days;Knock out hea...

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01/28/2019

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NWS informs NCR to expect rain that may develop into snow Tues. afternoon & evening. While accumulations are forecast to be 1-3 in, the change to snow will result in rapidly deteriorating driving conditions. Be informed, and be prepared for an impact on your evening commute Tues.

Proud to attend the Summit with three MRC Volunteers: Mike, Oana and Julie! Thank you for being here supporting our loca...
01/28/2019

Proud to attend the Summit with three MRC Volunteers: Mike, Oana and Julie! Thank you for being here supporting our local MRC! Coffee break with members of the American Legion Post 24, Alexandria CERT, The Red Cross and Fairfax OEM.

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01/20/2019

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The temperature will continue to drop, and very cold wind chills are expected starting around 10pm Sunday. The lowest wind chills will occur early Monday morning. Cold wind chills could result in hypothermia or frostbite. Layer your clothing, and be sure to wear a hat & gloves.

Alexandria MRC volunteers in collaboration with other volunteer groups and #OperationGratitude will assemble 25,000 pouc...
01/17/2019

Alexandria MRC volunteers in collaboration with other volunteer groups and #OperationGratitude will assemble 25,000 pouches for the Law Enforcement, Firefighters and National Guardsmen serving in our nation’s capital and in more than a dozen other cities across America. Alexandria Police will receive 9,000 pouches!!!!! Thank you MRC volunteers for being here and help with this great effort!!!

Proud of MRC Volunteers taking Basic Life Support.
01/13/2019

Proud of MRC Volunteers taking Basic Life Support.

Office of Emergency Management, City of Alexandria, VA
01/12/2019

Office of Emergency Management, City of Alexandria, VA

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued by NWS from 4 pm today to 1 pm Sunday. Expect severe winter weather. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Fairfax and Alexandria MRC representation at the Emergency Preparedness Fair!
09/28/2018

Fairfax and Alexandria MRC representation at the Emergency Preparedness Fair!

Saturday, September 15th at 11 PM, our MRC Coordinator was part of the EMAC Team screening medical volunteers to deploy ...
09/17/2018

Saturday, September 15th at 11 PM, our MRC Coordinator was part of the EMAC Team screening medical volunteers to deploy to NC!!!

#HurricaneStrong The time to plan is now. As Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast, be sure your family and your ...
09/10/2018
Make A Plan | Ready.gov

#HurricaneStrong The time to plan is now. As Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast, be sure your family and your business are prepared by making an emergency plan. Make sure you have food & water for 3 days and know your evacuation route if needed. devicehttps://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.Step 1: Put toge...

Disasters don't plan ahead but you can! September 1st marked the start of National Preparedness Month, a month-long oppo...
09/07/2018
Volunteer Opportunities / Alexandria MRC

Disasters don't plan ahead but you can!

September 1st marked the start of National Preparedness Month, a month-long opportunity to make ourselves, our families, our loved ones, more prepared for emergencies. Take action to become more prepared: make a plan, check your insurance, take a class, start a rainy day fund, and do something concrete to prepare for the next emergency. Prepare now and learn how by becoming an MRC volunteer. https://www.alexandriava.gov/MedicalReserve

The Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a volunteer organization of local medical and non-medical volunteers who are ready to respond to public health emergencies. MRC volunteers strengthen the emergency preparedness and daily services of Alexandria Health Department.

Alexandria MRC is doing our part to address the #opioidcrisis in our community - last night we trained 11 MRC volunteers...
02/02/2018

Alexandria MRC is doing our part to address the #opioidcrisis in our community - last night we trained 11 MRC volunteers how to recognize and respond to opioid overdose! #StayCalmCarryNaloxone ‬

Yesterday MRC Volunteers worked with Vol Alex and Red Cross volunteers to put together and distribute preparedness info ...
01/16/2018

Yesterday MRC Volunteers worked with Vol Alex and Red Cross volunteers to put together and distribute preparedness info kits in Alexandria’s West End. #MLKDayofService

It’s a #NewYear! Have you resolved to do more volunteering this year? Join us in strengthening Alexandria’s public h...
01/03/2018

It’s a #NewYear! Have you resolved to do more volunteering this year? Join us in strengthening Alexandria’s public health emergency response and community resiliency! Visit www.alexhealth.com/mrc for more info and to apply.

Alexandria MRC is getting into the holiday spirit! ❄️ #HappyHolidays2017 #BumblesBounce
12/22/2017

Alexandria MRC is getting into the holiday spirit! ❄️ #HappyHolidays2017 #BumblesBounce

12/21/2017
The Chris Atwood Foundation | Naloxone Education Program

New federal statistics show that more people die from drug overdose than from motor vehicle crashes.

The Alexandria Health Department and the Alexandria MRC will be working to provide naloxone education training for MRC volunteers and the general public in the coming year. Stay tuned for more info and check out the Chris Atwood foundation for more information about REVIVE!

For Addicts and the People who Love Them. The Chris Atwood foundation is a Northern Virginia Nonprofit focused on addressing the stigma of addiction through awareness, resources and advocacy.

12/20/2017
Beware of Snail Mail: 10 Signs of a Suspicious Package | | Blogs | CDC

The holidays mean lots of boxes on your doorstep and cards in your mailbox, but not all packages are presents. People can use the mail to send dangerous items. Learn how to spot suspicious package:

CDC - Blogs - Public Health Matters Blog – Beware of Snail Mail: 10 Signs of a Suspicious Package - Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events

Fairfax County Police Department
12/09/2017

Fairfax County Police Department

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Deadly Week of Overdoses in Fairfax County; Possible Suspected Deadly Strain of Heroin to Blame

In just the past week, our detectives have investigated six deaths as overdoses, five of which are believed to be caused by opioids. The first overdose death occurred Friday, December 1 in Alexandria. The second death happened on Sunday in Fairfax Station. The third and fourth deaths were on Wednesday in McLean and Clifton. The fifth death occurred yesterday in Fairfax. The victims were between the ages of 22 and 34.

Our detectives believe there are batches of heroin currently on our streets which could be laced with fentanyl and carfentanil, synthetic opioids which can be lethal even in the smallest doses. Until lab results are received, we cannot confirm the five overdose victims died due to a result of these new batches appearing in the county.

“In my 20 years in Narcotics, I have never seen anything like this. Before this week, the highest number of opioid overdoses we had in a weekend was five, and fortunately, everyone lived,” said Second Lt. James Cox of the Organized Crime and Narcotics Division. “We don’t want to see anyone else die. Please have a plan in place. You may remain anonymous. Help is also available through the Community Services Board for anyone, including families suffering from addiction. Narcan is available and the Chris Atwood Foundation will give it out this evening between 6 and 8 p.m. at 11890 Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston.”

Since the start of 2017, there have been 102 fatal overdoses in Fairfax County.

◾Of those 102 overdose fatalities, about 70% have been confirmed to be opioid related.
◾Our detectives are still awaiting lab results for overdose cases reported within the last 90 days, but they expect the majority of them to also be opioid related.
◾Cases have involved people of varying ages, from their early 20s to mid-60s, with higher numbers seen between the ages of 25 and 35.

Since the rise of opioid use in late 2014, we have partnered with a number of local offices and organizations to educate members of our community on the dangers of opioid use and the resources available within our community to combat this growing concern. The outreach includes students, nurses, Parent Teacher Associations, Rotary Clubs, Citizen Advisory Committees and more.

In addition to general outreach and education on opioid use, some groups also offer free Narcan training. Narcan is a medicine that can reverse an overdose when used quickly and correctly. It is available without a prescription at local pharmacy stores in Virginia. Free training on how to use Narcan is available through the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB). Please visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/revive/ for upcoming training dates and information. This training is open to everyone.

If you feel you may have overdosed or are concerned someone around you has, please call 9-1-1 immediately. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel also carry Narcan and are trained in its use.

Symptoms of opioid overdose include some of the following:

◾Loss of consciousness
◾Pinpoint pupils
◾Snore-like gurgling sounds
◾Breathing is low, shallow or erratic
◾Bluish purple, or ashen skin color
◾Nausea or vomiting
◾Fingernails turn blue or close to black

Our officers and detectives are working diligently and around the clock to reduce the number of deaths caused by opioids. Please call 9-1-1 if you suspect an overdose. Help is available 24 hours a day. If you or someone you know needs help to overcome drug dependence, please call the Community Services Board at Merrifield Center at 703-573-5679 to help find appropriate treatment and recovery services. Walk-ins are also welcome Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On #WorldAIDSDay we fight stigma and remember those lost to this tragic epidemic.
12/01/2017

On #WorldAIDSDay we fight stigma and remember those lost to this tragic epidemic.

11/30/2017
Up and Running Within 48hrs

This #HurricaneSeason, the Strategic National Stockpile was deployed simultaneously to three consecutive hurricanes! Learn how federal medical stations help people during public health emergencies:

Learn how federal medical stations help people during a public health emergency.

11/30/2017
Hurricanes | Ready.gov

Today we say goodbye and good riddance to #HurricaneSeason. There’s plenty of time to get ready for next year!

This page explains what actions to take when you receive a hurricane watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area. It also provides tips on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.Hurricane BasicsWhatHurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the wat...

Don’t be fooled by mild temps and clear skies - winter IS coming. Get ready with these handy tips from FEMA. #WinterPr...
11/27/2017
Snowstorms & Extreme Cold | Ready.gov

Don’t be fooled by mild temps and clear skies - winter IS coming. Get ready with these handy tips from FEMA. #WinterPrepWeek

This page explains what actions to take when you receive a winter weather storm alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a snowstorm or extreme cold.Know your riskWhatA winter storm occurs when there is significant precipitation and the tem...

Happy Thanksgiving from Alexandria MRC!
11/24/2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Alexandria MRC!

When is the best time to get a kit and make a plan? #preparedness
11/15/2017
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When is the best time to get a kit and make a plan? #preparedness

Because volunteers often live and work in the communities they serve, Medical Reserve Corps units (like ours) play a maj...
11/11/2017
Medical Reserve Corps

Because volunteers often live and work in the communities they serve, Medical Reserve Corps units (like ours) play a major role in "whole community" emergency response. Learn more by visiting our website.

The Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a volunteer organization of local medical and non-medical volunteers who are ready to respond to public health emergencies. MRC volunteers strengthen the emergency preparedness and daily services of Alexandria Health Department.

Thank you to the women and men who have served! #Thankyou #VeteransDay
11/10/2017

Thank you to the women and men who have served! #Thankyou #VeteransDay

The nation's critical infrastructure provides essential services that support our society and sustain our way of life. T...
11/09/2017
Healthcare and Public Health Sector | Homeland Security

The nation's critical infrastructure provides essential services that support our society and sustain our way of life. The Medical Reserve Corps and Local Health Departments are key to a strong public health infrastructure. #CISR Month

The Department of Health and Human Services is designated as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Healthcare and Public Health Sector.

There may still be seats left for this Opioid Overdose Lay Rescuer Training tonight and next week. Follow the link for d...
11/09/2017
Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Administration Lay Rescuer Training

There may still be seats left for this Opioid Overdose Lay Rescuer Training tonight and next week. Follow the link for details and to register.

Lay Rescuer Training is a 1.5 hour long training that covers: understanding opioids, how opioid overdoses happen, risk factors for opioid overdoses, and how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of Naloxone.

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4480 King St
Alexandria, VA
22302

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The Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was established in 2005 and is housed within the Alexandria Health Department. The Alexandria MRC seeks to improve the health and safety of communities across Alexandria, VA by recruiting, training, and managing professional and non-professional volunteers who support existing public health infrastructure during public health emergencies and routine community activities.

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