Volunteers needed to assist in public health emergencies; Kent to host information session

The King County Public Health Reserve Corps (PHRC) is looking for volunteers to help protect the health of South King County during emergencies and disasters.

  • BY Wire Service
  • Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:17pm
  • News

The King County Public Health Reserve Corps (PHRC) is looking for volunteers to help protect the health of South King County during emergencies and disasters.

Learn more about the opportunity at an upcoming information session on Wednesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St.

Volunteers play a critical role in Public Health’s efforts to respond to emergencies and promote health and safety. For example, PHRC volunteers are currently assisting with outreach efforts to stop the spread of whooping cough in our community.

“Volunteering for the Public Health Reserve Corps has been very rewarding,” said Joe Kennelly, a volunteer who is working with Public Health staff on outreach to families of those who have been diagnosed with whooping cough. “I’m helping people in my community while learning more about how to prepare for disasters.”

Other recent PHRC volunteer activities include providing medical support at a temporary Red Cross shelter in Federal Way during this year’s winter storms and staffing a clinic in Tukwila where 1,000 people received free flu shots.

The PHRC has more than 300 volunteers countywide and is actively seeking additional volunteers from south King County. You do not need a medical background to volunteer with the PHRC.

To learn more about the PHRC, come to the information session or visit www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices.

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