Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Karen Feldkamp, of the Effingham County Health Department, reported that the county Medical Reserve Corps is seeking volunteers, at Thursday’s Quarterly Public Safety Committee meeting. According to Feldkamp, the federal government expects that the entire population the county should be able to filter through a clinic within 48 hours in the case of a countywide medical emergency. In order to meet that standard, the Health Department needs volunteers for the Medical Reserve Corps.
Anyone interested in volunteering for Medical Reserve Corps can call the Effingham County Health Department at 217-342-9237.
Several county agencies including the Sheriff’s Office, 911, and the Ambulance Service referenced last weekend’s Luke Bryan Concert as a success. The massive concert required numerous emergency response agencies to work together. Chief Deputy Paul Kuhns did express concern that with the county being fully patrolled during the concert, the Sheriff’s Office’s resources were spread thin.
Effingham County EMA Coordinator Pam Jabcobs reported that training continues for staff and volunteers and Effingham Dive Rescue Director Terry Trueblood reported that routine maintenance is underway for dive equipment.