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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

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.  AUGUST 2014

Public Health Recovery from Disasters for MRC - Training Opportunity
Date: August 20, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: WEBINAR - from the comfort of your home or office!
Description: The next monthly MRC video training will be a presentation to provide an overview to the public health recovery from disasters. Fortunately, travel will not be necessary as this training is being offered as a Webinar; however, registration on VA TRAIN is still requested to determine how many will be joining the presentation. Registration at VA TRAIN,, Course #1052320. If there are any questions or problems, please contact Kristina Morris at 276-274-0555 or

Hillsville Flea Market Volunteer Opportunity
Date: Friday, August 29th – Monday, September 1st
Where:  Hillsville Flea Market, Mount Rogers Health District Wellness Van @ VFW
Description: The Mount Rogers Health District will be offering free Tdap immunizations to flea market visitors.  Volunteers will provide education on the vaccine and conduct outreach to the public to increase the awareness of vaccine availability while visiting Hillsville.  Times vary throughout the four-day event.  For volunteers interested and available to assist, please contact Kristina Morris at 276-274-0555 or as soon as possible.


Reducing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome through Responsible Opioid Prescribing and Dispensing – Training Opportunity
Date: Friday, September 5, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.
Where: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA
Description: This free training opportunity is being offered by ETSU, Quillen College of Medicine, VDH, VCU School of Pharmacy & Virginia Dental Association for local clinicians and pharmacists.  To view the entire agenda, learning objectives and education credits, please visit:

Emerging Infectious Diseases: Ebola and MERS Training Opportunity
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Carroll Co HD – Hillsville; Scott Co. HD – Gate City; Russell Co. HD – Lebanon; Tazewell Co. HD – Tazewell; Washington Co. HD – Bristol.   
Description: This videoconference training for MRC members will discuss two emerging infectious diseases which have been in the headlines over the past several months.  Registration in VA TRAIN in required, for Course #1052725.   If there are no registrations at any of the five locations by Monday, September 8th, that location will be closed and unfortunately, walk-ins won’t be possible. 

REVIVE! – Training Opportunity
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2014
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Southwest Virginia Community College, King Community Center, Claypool Hill, VA   
Description: The hands-on training will teach family and friends how to safely and correctly administer Naloxone to save the life of a person experiencing an opioid overdose emergency.  For more information, contact Sarah Melton at 276-971-6097. 

Lee County RAM (Remote Area Medical) Expedition - Volunteer Opportunity
Date: September 13 & 14, 2014
Time: 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Lee County Regional Airport, Pennington Gap, VA
Description: Remote Area Medical is bringing their next regional Medical Expedition to the Lee County Airport in September. SWVA MRC volunteers who would like to participate, should register at

Understanding the Impact of Addiction & Supporting RecoveryTraining Opportunity
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Lunch will be provided
Where: Lebanon Community Fellowship Church, 218 Highland Drive, Lebanon, VA
Description: Attendees will receive the latest information, strategies and resources on how to educate and provide hope to individuals and families suffering from the impact of addiction.  Registration can be found at, or by contacting Lori Gates-Addison at 276-964-0298. 

Saving Lives in Northeast Tennessee Training Opportunity
Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Wesley United Methodist Church, 225 Princeton Road, Johnson City, TN
Description: While this Suicide Prevention and Awareness course is sponsored by Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network the agenda appears to cover some areas of interest and concern in Southwest Virginia.  The cost for this course is $10.  See the attached brochure for complete agenda and registration information. 

DEA Drug Take Back Volunteer Opportunity 
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014 
Time:  9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Food City Stores in Bristol, VA, Damascus, Marion, Lebanon, Big Stone Gap, Pennington Gap, Weber City, Wise; Michael's Pharmacy - Abingdon; Glade Spring Pharmacy; Woody's Pharmacy - Independence; Galax Police Department; Wal-Mart - Norton   
Description: Once again the SWVA MRC is pleased to participate in the DEA Drug Take Back.  Since it falls during National Preparedness Month, the Drug Take Back will also give an opportunity to share preparedness information to those who drop off medications for disposal.  The event is already posted on Facebook, so volunteers can indicate availability there.  Registration alert will be going out very soon, so watch for additional information.


Washington County Full-Scale ExerciseVolunteer Opportunity 

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time:  5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where:  Virginia Highlands Airport, Abingdon, VA  
Description: The SWVA MRC has been invited to participate in a full-scale exercise which will be held in Washington County, Virginia, on October 8th.  Volunteers will be used as “patients” for the exercise.  Volunteers will NOT be moulaged or get wet; injuries will be noted through tags and some volunteers may be transported to staging areas. This is an excellent opportunity to see how exercises are run and watch the training for First Responders.  Dinner and Actor briefing will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the exercise to begin at 6:00.  If you would like to volunteer, please review the attached flyer and register with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. 


REVIVE! – Train-The-Trainer Opportunity – Health Care Providers   
Dates & Locations:  Beginning Friday, November 7th – Monday, November 10th
11/7 – Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Cedar Bluff @ 2:00 p.m.
11/8 – Southwest Virginia Higher Ed Center, Abingdon @ 9:30 a.m.
11/9 – Southwest Virginia Technology Development Center, Lebanon @ 3:00 p.m.
11/10 – Wise Co. Health Department, Wise @ 2:00 p.m.  
Description: The hands-on training will prepare health care providers to teach family and friends how to safely and correctly administer Naloxone to save the life of a person experiencing an opioid overdose emergency.  To register for any of the dates and locations, go to

REVIVE! – Lay Rescuer Training Opportunity  
Date: Monday, November 10, 2014
Time:  9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where:  First United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, 200 Church Street, Jonesville, VA 
Description: The hands-on training will teach family and friends how to safely and correctly administer Naloxone to save the life of a person experiencing an opioid overdose emergency.  Walk-ins are welcome or pre-registration can be completed on-line at

Last Updated: 10-24-2014

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