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Introduction to MRC-TRAIN.  SWVA MRC members are encouraged to register on TRAIN Virginia using the same instructions and steps as outlined on this video.  By registering on TRAIN Virginia,  members can: 

  • Quickly find and register for many courses listed on and participating TRAIN affiliate sites,
  • Track your learning with personal online transcripts,
  • Access valuable materials, course reviews, and discussions to improve your learning experience, and
  • Stay informed of the latest public health trainings for your area or expertise.

If SWVA MRC members have questions or problems with TRAIN Virginia, please contact your TRAIN Administrator, Kristina Morris, at

IS-700A, Introduction to National Incident Management System


Mass Fatality Response for MRC, VATRAIN Course #1053986, is web-based, self-study course to introduce Virginia MRC members to the Mass Fatality Team which responds to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. This hour and a half course will review type of mass fatality events; Medical Examiner operations in routine and mass fatality situation; discuss different stations that may be established to process multiple fatalities; and description of volunteer contributions. Once the course is completed, please contact the local Unit Coordinator for information on next training requirements.

Introduction to the Incident Command System   - Online Training Opportunity
Description:  ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). 
This is a core requirement for all Medical Reserve Corps members.  Once you have successfully completed the course, please forward your certificate to Kristina Morris at

Introduction to the National Incident Management System   - Online Training Opportunity
Description:  This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
This is a core requirement for all Medical Reserve Corps members.  Once you have successfully completed the course, please forward your certificate to Kristina Morris at

Introduction to Mental Health Preparedness - Online Training Opportunity
This course is designed to help volunteers understand the psychosocial consequences of disasters and what care can assist disaster survivors immediately following a disaster.  ALL Southwest Virginia MRC members are encouraged to complete this course.  This is a web-based course which can be accessed at anytime through VA TRAIN ( Course #1048051.  This course will also be offered later in the year in a classroom setting once trainers are in place.   Check back for classroom training dates. APRIL 2015

Health Fair at Appalachian College of Pharmacy - Volunteer Opportunity 
Date: Monday, April 6, 2015 
Time: Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Appalachian College of Pharmacy, 1060 Dragon Road, Oakwood, VA  24631
Description: To support the Million Hearts initiative, SWVA MRC volunteers are needed to check blood pressures and share educational materials on blood pressure control.  RNs and LPNs are needed for this health fair activity.  To accommodate schedules, the event can be split into 2-three hour shifts.  Please contact the Unit Coordinator if available to work any time during this event.  276-274-0555 or

Health Fair at Valley View Baptist Church - Volunteer Opportunity 
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time:  9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 
Where: Valley View Baptist Church, West Main Street, Clintwood, VA  24228
Description: To support the Million Hearts initiative, SWVA MRC volunteers are needed to check blood pressures and share educational materials on blood pressure control at the Health Wagon’s spring Health Fair.  RNs and LPNs who are comfortable taking blood pressure are needed for this activity.  For this event, the day will be broken into two shifts, 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 - 4:00 p.m. 
Please contact the Unit Coordinator to indicate availability and which shift is preferred, 276-274-0555 or  Mount Rogers Health District requested two volunteers to assist with skin analysis and two volunteers are needed to staff the Southwest Virginia MRC informational table. 

Volunteers can work the entire three hours or split the shifts. If you can assist with this event, please notify Unit Coordinator at 276-274-0555 or

Washington County Family Fun Day - Volunteer Opportunity  
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time:  10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.   
Where: King Center on the campus of Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA 24327
Description: The 26th Annual Family Fun Day at Emory & Henry College is a staple activity for the Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps each spring. 

Food Deserts Virginia Challenges and Solutions – Training Opportunity 
Date: Friday, April 24th
Time: 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. 
Description: VDH Office of Minority Health & Health Equity is viewing and discussing “Living in a Food Desert” a documentary describing Virginia’s food access problems.  After the viewing, one of the featured discussion leaders will be Melanie Deel from the Lenowisco Health District.  Volunteers are welcome to visit the health department offices listed below to join in this training and discussion.  Registration is necessary through VA TRAIN for Course #1056511 at
If there are questions or assisted is needed with VA TRAIN, please contact the Unit Coordinator at 276-274-0555 or

Healthy Appalachia Regional Coalition Training - Community Opportunity 
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time:  9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  
Where: The Inn at Wise, 110 East Main Street, Wise, VA
Description: Healthy Appalachia is hosting a community coalition building and training session for community members in LENOWISCO and Cumberland Plateau Health Districts (Lee, Scott, Wise, Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell & Dickenson Counties, City of Norton).
If there is interest in attending this event and being a part of the coalition to work toward a healthier community, on-line registration can be submitted at before April 15, 2015.

This day-long training session will include lunch and the key-note speaker will be Kim Brown of TurnKey KB & Associates. 
For more information or to register by phone, contact Margie Tomann at 276-376-4882 or

Sullivan County, TN Health Department Exercise  - Volunteer Opportunity 
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Time:  12:30 – 3:30 p.m.    
Where: Sullivan South High School, 1236 Moreland Drive, Kingsport, TN  37664
Description: The Sullivan County Health Department will be conducting a full-scale Point-of-Dispensing exercise on June 16th at Sullivan South High School in Kingsport.  Volunteers are needed to serve as mock patients to move through the clinic.  The Sullivan County Medical Reserve Corps has asked for assistance in this exercise to have as many volunteers as possible to create a realistic clinic flow. 

If there is interest in participating in this exercise, please notify the Unit Coordinator at 276-274-0555 or swva.mrc.  As additional information is provided by Sullivan Co. Health Department, it will be provided.  The Unit Coordinator will be happy to work with volunteers on carpooling opportunities to the exercise.  If there are any questions, please contact the Unit Coordinator. 

MAY 2015

Dickenson County Health Fair – Volunteer Opportunity 
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Where: Clintwood High School, 141 Green Wave Drive, Clintwood
Description: Dickenson County EMS is sponsoring a Community Health Fair.  SWVA MRC volunteers are needed to staff a preparedness information table and SWVA MRC nurses are needed to help with a Million Hearts blood pressure management activity.  Volunteers interested in working should contact Kristina Morris at 276-274-0555 or for additional information.   

Last Updated: 04-21-2015

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