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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

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. JULY 2014

Active Bystander Training – CDC Pilot Project
Date: July 22, 2014 
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Break for supper at 5:00) Students MUST complete entire 4-hour training session. 
Where: United Way Virginia Highlands, 1096 Ole Berry Road, Abingdon, VA 24210 (Off of Exit 14 of Interstate 81)
Description: The Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps has been tapped to participate in a pilot training project for the CDC and FEMA.  SWVA MRC members will be training non-medical volunteers and community members on providing simple care to those around in the immediate aftermath of an incident, either manmade or natural.  Students will learn to manage Bleeding, Blocked airway, Not Breathing, Burns, Hypothermia, Drowning, provide comfort care, what to tell EMS when arriving at scene.  At the completion of the 4-hour training, students and trainers will provide feedback to CDC officials. Register here: .  If there are any questions, please contact Kristina Morris at 276-274-0555 or

Opiate Addiction and Neonatal Abstinence SyndromeTraining Opportunity
Date: July 24, 2014
Time:  5:30  - 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Bristol Regional Medical Center, Monarch Auditorium, Bristol, Tennessee
Description: The Mountain Empire Public Health Emergency Coordinator Council is pleased to offer the 2014 Summer Conference on Opiate Addiction and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.  This informational and training event will include professional from both the Tennessee and Virginia Departments of Health, along with addiction specialists.  This conference is free and all health care professionals are encouraged to attend. To register, go to or call Paula Masters at 423-439-4421. 


Public Health Recovery from Disasters for MRC - Training Opportunity
Date: August 20, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: WEBINAR - from the comfort of your home or office!
Description: The next monthly MRC video training will be a presentation to provide an overview to the public health recovery from disasters. Fortunately, travel will not be necessary as this training is being offered as a Webinar; however, registration on VA TRAIN is still requested to determine how many will be joining the presentation. Registration at VA TRAIN,, Course #1052320. If there are any questions or problems, please contact Kristina Morris at 276-274-0555 or

Hillsville Flea Market Volunteer Opportunity
Date: Friday, August 29th – Monday, September 1st
Where:  Hillsville Flea Market, Mount Rogers Health District Wellness Van @ VFW
Description: The Mount Rogers Health District will be offering free Tdap immunizations to flea market visitors.  Volunteers will provide education on the vaccine and conduct outreach to the public to increase the awareness of vaccine availability while visiting Hillsville.  Times vary throughout the four-day event.  For volunteers interested and available to assist, please contact Kristina Morris at 276-274-0555 or as soon as possible.


Lee County RAM (Remote Area Medical) Expedition - Volunteer Opportunity
Date: September 13 & 14, 2014
Time: 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Lee County Regional Airport, Pennington Gap, VA
Remote Area Medical is bringing their next regional Medical Expedition to the Lee County Airport in September. SWVA MRC volunteers who would like to participate, should register at

SAVE THE DATE – DEA Drug Take Back 
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014 
Time:  9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Locations are still be confirmed   
Description: Once again the SWVA MRC is pleased to participate in the DEA Drug Take Back.  Since it falls during National Preparedness Month, the Drug Take Back will also give an opportunity to share preparedness information to those who drop off medications for disposal.  The event is already posted on Facebook, so volunteers can indicate availability there.  Registration alert will be going out very soon, so watch for additional information.


SAVE THE DATE – Volunteer Opportunity 

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time:  4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where:  Washington County, Virginia  
Description: The SWVA MRC has been invited to participate in a full-scale exercise which will be held in Washington County, Virginia, on October 8th.  Volunteers will be used as “patients for the exercise.  Volunteers will NOT be moulaged or get wet; injuries will be noted through tags and some volunteers may be transported to staging areas.  If volunteers are interested in participating in this exercise, please register by contacting Kristina Morris at 276-274-0555 or  As additional information is made available it will be provided. 


Last Updated: 08-18-2014

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