New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps Receives FEMA Award For Community Preparedness

NEW ORLEANS — This week, the New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps (NOMRC), a volunteer extension of the New Orleans Health Department, was awarded the “Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program Award” at the 2015 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. 

         The awards are designed to recognize outstanding individuals, programs and organizations that are dedicated to preparing their communities for emergencies.

         “Effective emergency management requires commitment, teamwork, and engagement by the entire community before disasters occur,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “I congratulate the individuals and organizations that embody these ideals. Through their hard work and dedication, they are making our nation stronger and safer.”

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         The New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps was recognized specifically for their efforts to increase preparedness among at-risk populations in New Orleans.  Special initiatives included meeting with community stakeholders to determine best practices of outreach to at-risk populations and developing preparedness brochures in large text, braille, Spanish and Vietnamese.

          “The New Orleans Medical Reserve Corps has been a tremendous asset to the New Orleans Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Program,” said Charlotte Parent, director of the City of New Orleans Health Department. “I am grateful to all the dedicated members for their critical role in ensuring our residents are prepared for an emergency.”

         During hurricane season, NOMRC members conducted community outreach to distribute and present information on mandatory evacuations, sheltering in place and preparing disaster supplies.  Members presented to senior citizens at living facilities, spoke one-on-one with families at local health fairs and tables at community events, reaching a diverse range of ages and backgrounds. Residents were also enrolled in the New Orleans Special Needs Registry, a list of individuals that need extra assistance during an emergency due to medical or mobility needs.

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