TILLAMOOK - Tillamook County's Emergency Management and Health departments are teaming up to seek funding for creation of a Tillamook County Medical Reserve Corps to prepare for potential local health care emergencies.

The two departments are applying for a $15,000 Federal Emergency Management grant to develop and train Medical Reserve Corps members. The Corps would be made up of local volunteers. and would be organized into countywide teams.

Volunteers would "assist our communities and, if need be, surrounding counties during large-scale emergencies, such as an influenza epidemic, a chemical spill, or an act of terrorism," said a Health Department spokesperson. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers may include, but would not be limited to, public health professionals, practicing and retired or otherwise employed health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists and nurses' assistants, as well as others who could help with non-medical needs during an emergency.

Grant dollars would assist the Health Department in developing a guide that would address the responsibilities and activities of team members and their roles during natural or man-made disasters.

For more information, and to find out how to participate, contact the Health Department at (503) 842-3922 or (800) 528-2938.

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