Your community needs your help
In the event of a public health emergency or disaster Bainbridge Island may be isolated from the rest of the county for a prolonged period of time. Bainbridge Island Medical Reserve Corps (BIMRC) is a local volunteer unit created to engage the Bainbridge community by strengthening our public health, reducing vulnerability, building resilience, and improving community preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities. BIMRC operates as part of the emergency response capabilities of Bainbridge Prepares in cooperation with the City of Bainbridge Island and BIFD , and in concert with our regional partners: the Kitsap Public Health District and the Northwest Health Response Network.
BIMRC is a reserve volunteer group that could be called upon to help provide medical and wellness care for our fellow islanders should the need arise. If you are a licensed healthcare worker living or working on Bainbridge Island you are eligible to join the BIMRC. The BIMRC will offer members of the Bainbridge healthcare community who are interested in volunteering during an disaster or other emergency the opportunity to:
- Learn how to better prepare for a disaster (both personally and professionally)
- Give back to the community as a volunteer during a disaster or public health emergency
- Gain valuable training in disaster preparedness and response
Practicing and retired medical, public health, and other allied health professionals are all encouraged to apply to be part of the BIMRC:
- Physicians, ARNPs, PAs
- RNs, LPNs
- Medical Assistants
- Certified Nursing Assistants
- Dental Technicians
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Respiratory Therapists
- Laboratory Technicians
- Radiology Technicians
- Mental Health Therapists
- Social Workers
- Foreign Language Interpreters
- Sign Language Interpreters
- Funeral Directors
- Customer Service Representatives
BIMRC is being constituted to assist fellow citizens with their healthcare needs during and after a disaster which may cut our island off from outside help for an extended period. We envision “standing up” a disaster medical clinic to provide a “next level” of care beyond the capabilities of our community hubs. We foresee the need for all types of medical, dental and veterinary personnel – both licensed healthcare workers and support staff.
We will provide appropriate training for all volunteers including online training opportunities, live training courses, potentially more advanced training depending on the volunteer roll. Even if you are unsure about the level of involvement you would like to have with BIMRC we encourage you to register as an MRC volunteer so that we can keep you in the loop with regard to training, volunteer and community activities involving the MRC.
Thank you for your interest in the Bainbridge Island Medical Reserve Corps!
We look forward to working with you to help us meet our goal of Bainbridge Island being the most prepared community in the United States.
Please contact the Bainbridge Island Medical Reserve Corps with questions or to find out more. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.