- About Us
The Shawnee County Health Department's Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program is dedicated to ensuring our community is prepared on a community level in the event of public health emergencies. It is also important that we help Shawnee County Residents prepare on an individual level.
The Public Health Emergency Preparedness program is happy to assist your community organization or group by providing professional technical assistance and presentations educating individuals on the latest best practices to prepare.
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11th and the Anthrax attacks of 2001, Congress passed the Bioterrorism Act of 2002. The law provided funding to all states for bioterrorism preparedness through a cooperative agreement program operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This agreement provides support to state and local health departments, including the Shawnee County Health Department to ensure community resilience and readiness in the event of bioterrorism or a public health emergency in Shawnee County.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a component of Citizen Corps, under the USA Freedom Corps initiated by President George W. Bush. This national initiative is made up of several components including Peace Corps AmericCorps, and Citizen Corps. Citizen Corps volunteers work to make sure their families, homes, and communities are prepared in the event of terrorism, crime, and disasters of all kinds. MRC is a component of the Citizen Corps. The MRC program provides volunteers to help the community be better prepared for public health emergencies.
There are no licenses or skills required to become an MRC volunteer. Anyone 18 or older is eligible to volunteer. The MRC coordinator matches volunteer skills and licenses with local needs for both emergency response and public health initiatives. MRC volunteers can be doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other community members who have a passion for keeping the local area healthy and prepared.
MRC volunteer duties are separated according to the needs for emergency and non-emergency events. Volunteers are needed for public health emergencies. They are also needed to assist with community events such as health fairs, flu clinics, provide BLS and children's vaccination clinics.
K-Serve website The Kansas System for the Early Registration of Volunteers, K-SERV, is a secure registration system and database for volunteers willing to respond to public health emergencies or disasters in Kansas or areas across the country. It can be utilized as a volunteer management system at the local and state levels.
www.mrc.train.org Welcome to TRAIN, the premier learning resource for professionals who protect the public's health. A free service of the Public Health Foundation, www.train.org is part of the newly expanded TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN).
2600 SW East Circle DriveTopeka, KS 66606
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Evenings and weekends are available by request.