Everyone is welcome to join MRC GEM. Our members come from all walks of life, including the medical and health professions. There is no minimum commitment, though you must complete the basic training requirements to respond in an emergency.
We are not a military organization, though our name might sound like one. We are a top-to- bottom volunteer organization. We have no ranks per se and are happy for any member to step up and help run MRC GEM - just ask how you can help!
Our goals for our members are:
1. learn and practice how to be safe and secure in times of disaster.
2. learn to extend that safety and security to your loved ones.
3. learn and practice how to be safe when helping others.
4. learn and practice how to effectively help others.
If you achieve only the first of these goals, you are well on your way to becoming an empowered citizen instead of a victim who needs to be rescued.
By learning to take care of yourself, you're one less person the first responders need to worry about.
If you can also help others, you are that special shining light guiding those others through trying times to safety and security.
Early on a recent Saturday morning, a group of MRC GEM members "hit the road" for Marietta. Their purpose? A first-time-ever guided tour of (some of) the assets and capabilities of the Department of Defense 4th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team.
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin announced on June 12 that she will step down next month after four years in the post. Benjamin, a longtime advocate for a health care model centered on wellness and preventive treatment, announced her decision in an e-mail to staff, thanking them for supporting her vision. The full text of her announcement is available here.
For Hezbollah, its cyberspace presence is of great importance, and is considered by both Hezbollah and Iran as an important weapon in the battle for hearts and minds. Hezbollah and Iran use the Internet for both internal information and indoctrination (in Lebanon, the Shi'ites and its own operatives) and external pro-Iranian propaganda (especially the Arab-Muslim world and the West). The network enables Hezbollah to circumvent the limitations placed on its other media (television, radio, the press) by the West, especially the United States. Click here for the full article.
At our annual holiday luncheon on December 8, 2012, a number of our members were honored for their special contributions to the health and safety of our community.
MRC GEM held its sixth annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Sunday, September 23, 2012. Nearly 100 members. along with their friends and family members, enjoyed food, fun, fellowship, and free flu shots. Click here for the full photo album.
Many members participated in a map and compass exercise simulating the need to locate missing persons and treat any immediate health problems they might have. This was a fun followup to the Rescue Specialist training offered at our annual retreat.
Thank you to the many members who helped set up, clean up, and otherwise make this a success. Special thanks are due for all the additional effort made by:
At our annual holiday luncheon on December 10, 2011, a number of our members were honored for their special contributions to the health and safety of our community.
MRC GEM participated in various ways in the development of radiation emergency response plans and training tools. This article on FirstResponder.gov highlights one of these tools, the Virtual Community Reception Center (vCRC) software. See the article at http://www.firstresponder.gov/Pages/FRArticle.aspx?AID=50
Victims of the 11/30/2010 Buford tornado express their gratitude to EMA and other Gwinnett first responders: http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/letterstotheeditor/headlines/LETTERS_To...
Click to see the latest issue of the Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments' Partners in Preparedness newsletter. There's a wealth of interesting material, including a regular section about MRC GEM.
Don't forget to check the Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments web site for up-to-date information on our communities' health status, restaurant inspection reports, and a wealth of other useful information.