This conference is an opportunity for potential and current Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), American Red Cross, and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) volunteers from MN, IA, WI to network, learn, and gain practical skills for responding to events and emergencies.
· Registration required with more info to follow.
· CEUs will be available at no cost.
· Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
8:30-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:15-10:15 Be Ready for your Community, Terry Clark,
Washington State, Island County MRC
10:30-11:30 Deploy Me, Importance of Red Cross and MRC, John Decker
Registered Nurse for Red Cross and MRC
11:30-12:15 Lunch at County-Oriented sitting
12:15-1:15 Break Out Number One
1. Scene Safety, Joe Immermann
2. Cultural Competency at Family Service Centers, John Decker
3. Decon HazMat, Terry Clark
4. Using Volunteers for non-emergency Events, Jeannette Tandez
1:15-1:30 Break, cookies and drinks
1:30-2:30 Break Out Number Two
1. Pets and Disasters, Brenda Pohlman and Jeff Peterson
2. Incident Command Overview, Terry Clark
3. Active Shooter, Captain Kevin Torgerson
4. Mass Dispensing of Medication, Amy Evans and Chris Surprenant
Terry is joining us from the beautiful state of Washington where she is the MRC unit coordinator for Island County MRC. As this conference is being pulled together, Terry is busy in a very serious emergency on Whidbey Island where a landslide occurred, severely damaging one home and isolating or threatening 30 more. Terry has played a lead role, being the Public Information Officer and having the Governor and Senators paying visits.
John is a registered nurse for the American Red Cross and Medical Reserve Corp and lives in International Falls, Minnesota.
He currently is an American Red Cross Health Service Supervisor in a training track to Manager. He is also the Minnesota Regional Chapter HS Lead for the Northland Chapter.
John owns and operates, as well as is the Director of Nursing and the Dementia Care Manager, for Decker’s Family Care. His assisted living facilities specialize in dementia and Alzheimer’s-like diseases. With 25 years experience, the two facilities have 31 patients and 28 employees.
John has a background of 22 combined years of firefighting, ambulance-EMT, law enforcement, and emergency response.
Jeannette M. Tandez, MPH, serves as the Region V MRC Coordinator for the US Surgeon General’s Office – Division of Civilian Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC). She provides technical assistance and support to existing and newly establishing units to the Western half of Region V – the states of Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Jeannette possesses a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology. Prior to joining DCVMRC she has worked in various capacities for state, county and local public health agencies, and has continued to develop her professional and personal skills while continuing to build strong community partnerships. While working for the Cook County Department of Public Health for 6 ½ yrs, she had worn many hats including Epidemiologist, Emergency Response Coordinator and MRC Coordinator for a jurisdiction with over 700 square miles, 125 municipalities and 2.3 million people. Currently, she has oversight of the MRC Program over 3 states and approx. 125 units which has over 15K registered volunteers.
She is dedicated and passionate about her work which has focused around emergency preparedness, training, planning, and helping communities become more resilient and self-sufficient. She enjoys serving as a mentor and leader, and believes in forward thinking and teamwork to overcome difficult challenges. She remains passionate and enthusiastic about this field of work and is eager to continue building relationships.
Joe Immermann EMD, EMT-P
Joe realized he had found his calling in the emergency response and preparedness field after taking a first responder course in Homer, AK. He returned to his hometown of Iowa City, IA for paramedic training and upon completion worked as a paramedic in La Crosse, WI for 18 years on the ambulance, in the emergency room and as a flight paramedic with Med Link Air. Joe was involved in disaster preparedness as a Regional Trauma Advisory Council Coordinator for Southwest WI and as a Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coordinator for Southeast MN. He is currently an Emergency Medical Dispatcher for Mayo Clinic Medical Transport in Rochester, MN.
Jeffrey Peterson, BA, NREMT
Jeff Peterson is the Public Health Preparedness Coordinator for Winona County and also oversees the MRC and CERT units for Winona County. Jeff is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) with over 13 years of EMS experience, is an American Heart Association CPR & First Aid Instructor, and a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) EMS Instructor. Jeff holds a BA in Political Science from Winona State University and is working on his Masters degree through Eastern Kentucky University. Jeff is originally from Mabel, MN where his family has a small farm. He now lives near Minnesota City, MN with his White German Shepherd, Sequoia.