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Introduction to MRC-TRAIN.  SWVA MRC members are encouraged to register on TRAIN Virginia using the same instructions and steps as outlined on this video.  By registering on TRAIN Virginia,  members can: 

  • Quickly find and register for many courses listed on and participating TRAIN affiliate sites,
  • Track your learning with personal online transcripts,
  • Access valuable materials, course reviews, and discussions to improve your learning experience, and
  • Stay informed of the latest public health trainings for your area or expertise.

If SWVA MRC members have questions or problems with TRAIN Virginia, please contact your TRAIN Administrator, Kristina Morris, at

IS-700A, Introduction to National Incident Management System


Mass Fatality Response for MRC, VATRAIN Course #1053986, is web-based, self-study course to introduce Virginia MRC members to the Mass Fatality Team which responds to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. This hour and a half course will review type of mass fatality events; Medical Examiner operations in routine and mass fatality situation; discuss different stations that may be established to process multiple fatalities; and description of volunteer contributions. Once the course is completed, please contact the local Unit Coordinator for information on next training requirements.

Introduction to the Incident Command System   - Online Training Opportunity
Description:  ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). 
This is a core requirement for all Medical Reserve Corps members.  Once you have successfully completed the course, please forward your certificate to Kristina Morris at

Introduction to the National Incident Management System   - Online Training Opportunity
Description:  This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
This is a core requirement for all Medical Reserve Corps members.  Once you have successfully completed the course, please forward your certificate to Kristina Morris at

Introduction to Mental Health Preparedness - Online Training Opportunity
This course is designed to help volunteers understand the psychosocial consequences of disasters and what care can assist disaster survivors immediately following a disaster.  ALL Southwest Virginia MRC members are encouraged to complete this course.  This is a web-based course which can be accessed at anytime through VA TRAIN ( Course #1048051.  This course will also be offered later in the year in a classroom setting once trainers are in place.   Check back for classroom training dates. 

2015 American Indian & Alaska Native Behavioral Health Webinar Series - Online Training Opportunity
This series of webinar for 2015 is offered by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network presenting nationally recognized speakers on the issues of substance abuse and behavioral health issues.  The webinar series is free; however, Continuing Education credits may be available for a nominal fee.  Check out these offerings.    MAY 2015

Help Restock the Shelves – Volunteer Opportunity 
Date: Monday, April 27th through Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Description: The Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps is proud to help the Wise County Food Bank restock their shelves.  In February the Food Bank building was destroyed during a winter storm and they have now moved to a new home in Norton.  Wise County Captains for the SWVA MRC are leading the drive to restock the shelves with healthy food choices.  Please check out the attached flyer for food suggestions and locations to drop off donations. 

Dickenson County Health Fair – Volunteer Opportunity 
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Where: Clintwood High School, 141 Green Wave Drive, Clintwood
Description: Dickenson County EMS is sponsoring a Community Health Fair.  SWVA MRC volunteers are needed to staff a preparedness information table and SWVA MRC nurses are needed to help with a Million Hearts blood pressure management activity.  Volunteers interested in working should contact Kristina Morris at 276-274-0555 or for additional information.   JUNE 2015

Public Health Outreach Education for MRC Volunteers – Training Opportunity 
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Time:  6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Where: Your home or office computer.  This is a webinar training opportunity.
Description: This interactive webinar will introduce volunteers to health communication principles and demonstrate outreach strategies which can be applied in your community.  This is especially important training for volunteers who may find themselves conduct outreach at a local health fair or preparedness event.  To register for Course #1057345, visit  Webinar connection instructions will be sent prior to the evening presentation. 

Sullivan County, TN Health Department Exercise  - Volunteer Opportunity 
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Time:  12:30 – 3:30 p.m.    
Where: Sullivan South High School, 1236 Moreland Drive, Kingsport, TN  37664
Description: The Sullivan County Health Department will be conducting a full-scale Point-of-Dispensing exercise on June 16th at Sullivan South High School in Kingsport.  Volunteers are needed to serve as mock patients to move through the clinic.  The Sullivan County Medical Reserve Corps has asked for assistance in this exercise to have as many volunteers as possible to create a realistic clinic flow. If there is interest in participating in this exercise, please notify the Unit Coordinator at 276-274-0555 or swva.mrc.  As additional information is provided by Sullivan Co. Health Department, it will be provided.  The Unit Coordinator will be happy to work with volunteers on carpooling opportunities to the exercise.  If there are any questions, please contact the Unit Coordinator.AUGUST 2015

NBC Healthy Fun Fair - Volunteer Opportunity 
Where: National College of Business & Technology, Bristol, TN
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Description: National College of Business and Technology is hosting a Healthy Fun Fair on their campus on Thursday, August 6th.  This will be a great opportunity to share preparedness information with students, faculty, staff and the community on building a First Aid kit, RUOK/IMOK  family texting, pet preparedness, etc.  Volunteers will have the opportunity to staff the table and interact with visitors to share information.  Those interested in working this event should contact Kristina Morris at 276-274-0555 or


Last Updated: 06-03-2015

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