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Louisville Citizens Urged to Attend Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Tuesday March 8, 2011

Louisville citizens are urged to participate in a free emergency preparedness workshop sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Public Health in conjunction with the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the Louisville Metro Medical Reserve Corps.

The workshop will be held on Saturday March 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center at 221 S. Fourth St. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Workshop participants will learn how they can help their community during public health emergencies such as last year’s H1N1 flu immunization campaign or during natural disasters like the ice storms of 2009.

The morning sessions will include information on the Medical Reserve Corps - an organization of volunteers who assist during community emergencies. Membership in the Medical Reserve Corps is not limited to physicians and nurses. It is open to adults age 18 and older. The morning session will also cover plans to dispense medications throughout the area during a public health crisis such as a disaster or terrorist attack.

The afternoon sessions will include role-playing scenarios in which participants will dispense medicine to the public in a critical situation. The exercise promises to be fun as well as educational.

Free parking is available and a free breakfast and lunch will be served.

“We strongly encourage Louisville citizens to take part in this workshop,” said Dr. Matt Zahn, acting director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. “We will need the help of many volunteers in the event of a public health emergency. This workshop is a step toward getting a group of trained volunteers that we will be able to call on.”

For more information or to sign up phone 574-6859 or visit www.louisvilleky/health