Thanks for being an MDA31 volunteer! This
newsletter will keep you informed regarding
various aspects of clinic organization and
Volunteer Activation Drill
Sometime this year, we will be
testing our ability to activate our
volunteers. This drill will be
unannounced so that we can simulate
a real emergency and determine what
percent of our volunteers we can
successfully contact. This drill
will use phone as the first method
of contact. There are currently more
than 500 volunteers registered with
MDA #31, so this call out will take
a lot of phoning!
If for any reason you are no longer
willing or able to volunteer, please
let us know - call Allyson Schulz at
Please be sure your phone numbers
are up-to-date with MDA #31!!
New & Improved Volunteer Training
#31 redesigned its volunteer
training program in 2008 and
welcomed 84 volunteers to at least
one of our six sessions. The
feedback we received from attendees
was insightful: the new training
format and materials were very well
received, and attendees were eager
to move to the next level and
practice their skills in drills or
exercises! Our 2009 training plan
incorporates these suggestions and
offers a variety of training
opportunities. Some of these venues
are designed for first-time
attendees, while others afford all
volunteers the opportunity to
practice in a real world setting.
While some of our event dates are
not locked in yet, we wanted to tell
you what is planned for 2009.
Click here to view the schedule
and sign-up instructions.
you didn't attend last year, please
sign up today!
Smallpox Training for Medical
MDAs must be prepared to vaccinate
the public against smallpox in the
event of a bioterrorist release of
this virus. Such an event would be
particularly challenging because
this disease no longer occurs
naturally, so health care providers
are not routinely trained in this
vaccine. Unlike the influenza
vaccine which is given by injection,
the administration of the smallpox
vaccine is a more complex procedure.
The proper reconstitution of the
vaccine is vital, and it is
administered into the superficial
layer of the skin using a bifurcated
MDA #31 needs to train at least 20
of its medical volunteers in
smallpox vaccine administration. The
training has two parts: Part One,
which must be completed first, is
http://ct.train.org and takes
approximately two hours; Part Two is
a two and a half hour face-to-face
session, including hands on
vaccination practice, that will take
place in June 2009. Any and all
doctors, nurses, dentists,
paramedics, and veterinarians are
eligible. The training is free!
Please contact Sharon Enot, RN in
the Windsor Health Department to
learn more - 860.285.1824.
Has Your Contact Information Changed
in the Past Year?
Life is ever changing, and so is
your contact information!
And yet, if we don't have your
current information, our ability to
reach you in an emergency is
Please help us keep in touch with
If any of your information has
changed, please notify Allyson
Schulz at 860.559.1492.