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Meeting Set Thursday Night For Potential Disaster Volunteers

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Marion County Health Department is looking for volunteers who can assist in the event of a local disaster.  

Emergency Preparedness and Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator Linda Poninski is inviting anyone with an interest to an informational meeting from seven to 8:30 Thursday night at the Evergreen Christian Church at 1875 North Broadway in Salem.  

Poninski says a number of organizations will be on hand to provide information.  "The American Red Cross, from the Illinois National Guard, and from the Baptist Disaster Relief.  We have information on pet preparedness that one of our Marion County veterinarians is going to share with us.  We have some goodie bags, we have drawings for volunteers coming in. It's all fun and a chance to get to know more about what we're all about," said Poninski.

Poninski says it is too late to volunteer once a disaster occurs.  She notes laws require all those assisting to undergo background checks.  Poninski adds those who volunteer are not under any obligation, but will be notified when training sessions are available.  There is no cost.  

Poninski reports 100 are currently signed up through the Medical Reserve Corps.  But she doesn't want the word 'medical' to turn people away.  Poninski reports those from all kinds of backgrounds will be needed in the event of a disaster.  

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