Thurston County MRC

Thurston County MRC

Monday, June 3, 2013

May 2013 MRC Recap

May 2013 was a busy month! MRC participated in and/or sponsored the following:
  • May 1 Blood Drive            
  • May 2 Psychological First Aid Course 
  • May 8 Leadership Meeting 
  • May 16 and May 20 New Volunteer Orientations
  • May 21-23 Participation in State WaServ Exercise
  • May 30 Introduction to Disease Investigation

Friday, May 3, 2013

May 1 Blood Drive a Success!

The Blood Drive on May 1 was a huge success - we had 28 donors (goal was 25) and 14 people donasted for the very first time.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Register Online Now for May 1 Blood Drive

The Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps and Thurston County Public Health & Social Services invite you to GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: ALL ARE WELCOME!

Wednesday, May 1st
9am – 3pm (closed 11-12)
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Building: 412 Lilly Road NE, Olympia, Washington, Room 107 B & C

Register online here

New Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator Hired

New Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator, Cindy Meyer (center), is pictured with Sue Poyner, Emergency Response Coordinator (left), and Dr. Diana Yu, Health Officer, (right).

Cindy Meyer began her employment at Thurston County Health & Social Services on April 16. She comes to the Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps with extensive experience in volunteer management, most recently at Family Support Center. Cindy is excited about working with volunteers and in the field of emergency management, both are very close to her heart.

Monday, February 11, 2013

MRC Program Job Annoucement

I am very pleased to announce the opening of the Education and Outreach Program Assistant position at Thurston County Public Health and Social Services. This position will support the coordination of the Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer program and other preparedness and response activities. 

Please feel free to share with others. Thanks for you help in getting the word out.
For more information, please visit the Thurston County internet at:

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Disaster Preparedness Christmas Poem

The Night After The Earthquake by Sheila Sund, MD

‘Twas the night after the earthquake, and all through the town
all the people were helping with nary a frown.
The bolted up bookshelves and chimneys still stood.
Who knew earthquake proofing would work out so good?

The children were nestled in sleeping bags and sweats
While next to them snuggled their dear rescued pets.
And Dad in his work boots and I in white coat
Were resting a moment and reviewing our notes.

When suddenly around us, there arose such a clatter!
“It’s only an aftershock”, I said. “It won’t matter.”
We hit the floor, rolled under the table.
Drop, Cover, and Hold – whenever you’re able.

We emerged from our tent to the quiet moonlit night
and waved to the neighbors – “everything is all right”.
When what to our volunteer teams should appear -
a supply laden helicopter and a fresh stash of gear.

And a National Guard pilot, so well-trained in his job,
I knew he would land in our field with no prob!
He rapidly touched down; his team – out they came.
They grabbed boxes and equipment and called us by name

“For CERT team, for Watch Captain, for your MRC.
Here are your supplies. What else do you need?”
I replied that our med team wanted transport for three
Dash them to the hospital – surgery I foresee.

As dry dust from debris piles around us did swirl,
the helicopter took off, its rotors awhirl.
We paused for a moment as further they flew,
then I turned to the rest – “We’ve got work to do!”

So then in a twinkling, we returned to our chores,
taking care of the wounded and organizing our stores.
I drew in a calm breath, and then looked around,
amazed with the successes our planning had found.

Our CERT Search and Rescue checked all houses on foot
Helping pets and the people despite dust, dirt, and soot.
Our Neighborhood Watch collected all seniors and tots,
bringing them to safe places in pre-prepared spots.

Our doctors and nurses were acting quite merry
They felt well prepared and no longer were wary
of emergency field treatment, in rain, or in snow.
Triage, advanced first aid, IV meds – these they know!

All the power was off, all the water was gone,
But generators, radios, and lanterns worked on.
We had food stores for weeks – no hungry bellies!
Even treats for the kids, like strawberry jelly.

We may not be chubby and plump when we’re through
But we still should be healthy, thanks to our planning crew.
We can’t drive or use phones, but that’s nothing to dread
We communicate our needs via radio instead.

I return to command, resuming my work,
when the world starts to spin and I awake with a jerk.
It was only a dream! I’m at home in my bed!
There wasn’t an earthquake. It was just in my head.

I sprang to my desk, typed this up with a whistle
attempting to rhyme it in this strange epistle
Now I beg of you all, before saying adieu,
Start preparing today, and my dream could come true!

Sheila Sund, M.D.
Marion County Medical Reserve Corps

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tis The Season

In the spirit of the holiday season, I would like to take the time to say thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers here at the Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps, it has been a wonderful year, and we sure have accomplished a lot.  None of it could have happened without you, so again, from all of us at the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department, THANK YOU!

Nothing could have reminded me how wonderful our volunteers are, more so than this past Thursday.  For various reasons, the PHSS staff could not be there to host and run our annual meeting, but because of our wonderful volunteers, that did not slow us down one beat!  We had some volunteers who stepped up to the plate, and took on the responsibilities for the meeting.  From what I hear, it could not have gone any better.  But that is what emergency preparedness is all about, to be there when others can’t, and to deliver under pressure.  I can say we have some exceptional people in our organizations and I am proud to be a part of it.

Our General Meeting was the last “planned” MRC event for the year.  So I would like to take a short look back on the 2012 year.  We have accomplished a significant amount this year, and I thought I would share with all of you some encouraging statistics.  The Thurston County MRC participated in 30 events over the course of the year, which consisted of training, outreach, or large community events such as all those vaccine clinics over the summer.  With those 30 events, we have 1,167 total volunteer hours (that does not even include all the planning for these events)!  That is almost a 400 hour increase over last year!  That is 1,167 hours of community events and public health preparedness that we never would have been able to do without each and every single one of you, our volunteers!

So take some time in this holiday season to give yourself a pat on the back, as we look back on the 2012 year, and as we prepared for what 2013 has in store for us.  I hope 2013 will be a great as you all made our 2012 out to be!