Volunteers (medical and non-medical) can play an important role during this critical period to improve overall response capabilities. The City of St. Louis Department of Health is in the process of recruiting medical and non-medical volunteers to contribute their skills and expertise during times of emergency.
For some types of emergencies, such as a bio-terrorist attack or public health pandemic, plans call for dispensing medication to all St. Louis residents within the first 48 hours. Multiple community agencies will assist in operating PODS during an emergency. Volunteers can help!
Who Can Volunteer?
• Community members without medical training can receive training on dispensing medication or can volunteer to assist with administrative and other essential Point Of Dispensing support functions.
• Practicing, retired, or otherwise employed medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists, physicians’ and nurses' assistants, mental health professionals, public health professionals and others.
We encourage you to join our St. Louis City Medical Reserve Corps. In doing so, you will have the opportunity to receive orientation and training, which will be helping to build a strong and prepared volunteer resource base that can then be rapidly activated during an emergency to help your friends, family and local community.
Medical Reserve Corps members and medical professionals are encouraged to register with ShowMeResponse.org, Missouri's advanced registration of volunteer healthcare professionals database. Registering with ShowMeResponse.org does not obligate you to participate, only increases you capacity to volunteer by notifying you of a need for healthcare professionals in your area.
Additional Training Resources
Increase your capacity to volunteer with FEMA's Independent Study Program. These courses are not required but are strongly encouraged as they will help you make sense of how a POD is organized and how a POD will operate.
What would volunteering in a POD be like?