Allentown Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps

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Allentown Volunteer Medical Resource Corps (AVMRC) is volunteer base of community members who work with the Allentown Health Bureau and disaster response professionals during emergencies and at other times throughout the year to address the public health needs within the City of Allentown.
Health professionals as well as community members with other skills and experiences play important roles during the response to public health emergencies. AVMRC is looking for new volunteers - you do not need to be an Allentown resident to join.

During a public health emergency, we will need both medical and non-medical volunteers including: Physicians ~ Nurses ~ Social Workers ~ Paramedics ~ EMTs ~ Pharmacists Physician Assistants ~ Certified Nursing Assistants ~ Health Educators Translators/Linguists ~ Clerical Support ~ Data Entry ~ Phone Receptionists ~ Greeters ~ Food Services ~ Crowd Management ~ Loading/Shipping ~ and many more…

Becoming an AVMRC volunteer: There are **3 steps to become a member of AVMRC.
1: Complete the AVMRC application. Click on the application that best describes you (Health Professional or Community Member). Then print, complete and sign the application. Please follow the directions to return it to the Allentown Health Bureau (Note: the application cannot be completed electronically)
2: Register on SERVPA. One goal of the AVMRC is to ensure that volunteers are identified, screened, trained and prepared prior to their participation in any activity. SERVPA, the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Pennsylvania, is the emergency system for the advance registration of volunteer medical and non-medical volunteers. An important feature of the SERVPA system is that it verifies medical credentials (if applicable) and conducts criminal history record checks of our volunteers. In addition, SERVPA is the system that the Allentown Health Bureau will utilize during an emergency to contact AVMRC volunteers to provide communications and request assistance. (NOTE: Only AVMRC volunteers who are registered and affiliated with AVMRC in the SERVPA system will be contacted and utilized during an emergency response. Please complete your SERVPA registration today - click here to begin. It's also important to note that there are volunteer protections in place for AVMRC volunteers who are registered in SERVPA; please be sure to read the "Terms of Service" on the SERVPA website.)
3: Attend an AVMRC orientation. In an effort to expedite your request to join AVMRC, the Allentown Health Bureau holds both individual and small-group orientation sessions. The purpose is to provide an overview of the AVMRC, and for both the AVMRC volunteer and members of the Allentown Health Bureau to meet prior to an emergency response. The individual orientation generally takes 1-hour and is scheduled at a time that's convenient to the AVMRC volunteer.

**Note: These steps can be completed in any order. If you have questions, would like additional information about AVMRC or would like to schedule a free presentation about AVMRC, please contact the Allentown Health Bureau via: E-mail: Phone: 610-437-7760 weekdays between 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The mission of the MRC is to engage volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response and community resiliency.
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Wondering if you should register to volunteer? Based on the CDC guidelines, we are asking you the following questions:
  1. Have you or someone in your household traveled to a country on the CDC’s Level 3 watch list in the last 30 days? At this time, these include China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. These may change. See the CDC’s guidelines for the most up-to-date list.

  2. Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance.

  3. Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can include a fever, cough or shortness of breath. See the CDC’s symptom information.

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, we ask you not to register. We are doing all we can to align with best practices and keep our community healthy.  
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