The Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council heard from a representative of the Medical Reserves Corps during its regular quarterly meeting Tuesday.
Todd County Health Department Preparedness Planner Robbie McLellan helps lead the Todd-Christian branch of the Medical Reserves Corps, which is part of a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities.
McLellan says there used to be two separate branches for Todd and Christian counties until funding for the program was cut. He says the objective is not just responding to disasters, they also work to help prepare residents for when the worst happens.
McLellan says the Medical Reserves Corps was doing routine medical treatments for participants and spectators at the Boston Marathon this year until two terrorists set off bombs, injuring dozens in the crowd and making those volunteers extremely valuable.
In other action, Hopkinsville Fire Inspector Cecelia Cloos, Doctor Deanna Staples and Chairman Dan Nicholson gave an update on National Preparedness Month activities, which have included participation in several festivals and events across the nine county region. The Council also held a moment of silence in honor of longtime member and Trigg County Emergency Management Director Randy Wade, who passed away last month.