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Medical Reserve Corps volunteers sought
David Black is imbued with the spirit of Bedford’s colonial Minute Men and Militia. The local public health director is putting out a call for volunteers to serve as members of the town’s first Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).
As Black announced in a Bedford Day letter last fall, the corps was established by President Bush in 2002 "to encourage volunteerism and service nationwide." Its mission is "to assist the community to prepare for and respond to emergencies, as well as promote healthy living throughout the year." The volunteers will be especially valuable in dire situations when "local resources may be quickly overwhelmed."
Here are some examples of the MRC’s health emergency role, as outlined in Black’s Bedford Day announcement: ...Provide medical and mental health support in the event of an influenza pandemic. ..."It's neighbors helping neighbors," Black observed. "When crunch time comes, individuals think first of family. Then they think of work, because that’s the financial resource to keep a family going. Then people think of other people. We hope that there will be some people who will be available to us."
Originally posted by soficrow
In a crunch, people think of themselves and family first, then work - and only then, then other people.
But in the end, individual survival is pointless - life only counts in a social context. And I suspect we really are all in this together.
[edit on 28-12-2006 by soficrow]