In a rural community with a smaller, more close-knit population, no one agency has enough personnel to respond to all the needs of the county in an emergency situation. The Schuyler County Health Department is always looking for people who would like to volunteer their time and experience to this ongoing effort. Whether an emergency is man-made or natural, we need people from all walks of life, including medical professionals, clerical personnel, people with law enforcement or military backgrounds, those with a background in finance or accounting, educators, planners, and runners.
And our volunteers can provide a valuable service not only during emergencies and disasters, but also during the exercises and drills that we conduct to ensure our readiness. We will use volunteers to act in the jobs they would volunteer for, and also as actors for the exercise - no professional acting experience necessary! We are developing a volunteer corps who will be able to respond in any emergency. We will provide periodic training and information to help you feel more comfortable working side-by-side with our staff. You will know that you are part of a group of people whose goal is to provide the best care available from the Public Health aspect of prevention and protection. And, hopefully, along the way, you will also have some fun.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete an application and return it to us at your convenience. If you have any questions, you can contact Carrie Skiles, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, at 217-322-6775.
Trainings Below are links to on-line videos, trainings and games that can be used to further your knowledge concerning emergency response and participation in a Point of Dispensing (POD)
Mass Dispensing Sites: A Primer for Volunteers Course Description
You will need to create an account to take this free 1 hour course.
The POD Game is a great way to get a feel for what it may be like to work in a POD.
Note: the examples in here are not perfect but you will get the general idea and have some fun at the same time.
Incident Command Structure (ICS) Classes: If you assist the Schuyler County Health Department in response to a public health emergency it is important that you understand the basics of ICS (Incident Command Structure). ICS is the chain of leadership and command at the scene of an emergency.
IS-700.a NIMS An Introduction
IS-800.B National Response Framework, An Introduction
IS-100.a Introduction to Incident Command System
IS-7: A Citizens Guide to Disaster Assistance
IS-22: Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
IS-26: Guide to Points of Distribution
IS-241 Decision Making and Problem Solving
If you are already a member of an existing volunteer agency, and your group would like to become involved in Public Health and emergency response, we would love to hear from you. You can become part of our exercises by playing the part of victims, concerned citizens, and maybe even the bad guys.By teaming your agency with ours, we can build further on the partnering of Schuyler County agencies in an effort to work towards the common good. We will come to you to provide Public Health-specific training, and can provide speakers to your group on a large number of topics.We will work with senior volunteer groups, youth groups, scouts, professional organizations, or neighborhood groups. Let us know what WE can do to enhance your volunteer experience. For more information call Carrie Skiles, 217-322-6775.
Periodically, the Schuyler County Health Department conducts drills and exercises to evaluate our ability to dispense medications to all citizens in our county in a short amount of time.