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Volunteer coordinator post approved for mass emergency events

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 2:46 p.m. CDT

BERWYN – Berwyn officials approved the hiring of a volunteer coordinator who will marshal efforts to meet the city’s needs during an emergency event when the City Council met Jan. 28.

Officials from the city, the Berwyn Township Health District and the Cook County Department of Health are developing a comprehensive plan for a mass dispensing and vaccination point of distribution as specified by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

One of the key elements of the plan is the coordination and deployment of anywhere from 150 to 200 medical volunteers to establish a point of distribution and maintain it for at least 48 hours.

The volunteers would be medically trained personnel, such as doctors, nurses, medical students, all levels of EMTs, pharmacy techs, dentists and hygienists and student nurses as well as untrained volunteers to function in a nonmedical capacity.

Anthony Laureto, Berwyn’s National Incident Management System Emergency Management coordinator, said coordinating the efforts is a monumental task that requires someone to not only find volunteers but to check backgrounds, train and establish a list of volunteers.

The board approved contracting an individual or individuals as a volunteer coordinator for a two-year period at a total of $24,000, or $12,000 a year, to be paid in monthly installments. If more than one coordinator is hired, they would split the salary.

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