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Competencies Matrix

Required Course:

All members need to complete two basic introductory courses on the command system that is used in times of emergency. The courses can be taken online at your convenience. Once the course is completed and the quiz taken, a certificate is issued.  There are many courses available and some of the courses carry continuing education credits. The two required courses are ICS 100 and NIMS 700. 

Free 6 hour online course on Psychological First Aid.  Gives you tools to help a child, a teen, an adult or a whole family when tragedy strikes.

Psychological First Aid

From the University of Minnesota:
                            Free and Continuing Education Credits 
NIMS and ICS: A Primer for Volunteers

This training provides an initial orientation to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) for individuals who plan to volunteer during an emergency or disaster. he course is designed to help volunteers understand the standardized organizational structure and communication system they are likely to encounter while responding to a crisis. Additionally, this training can serve as a 'just in time' review of these basic principles.

Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation

In this simulation, the learner will assume the perspective of various public health professionals responding to a natural disaster. They will make decisions on behalf of a county public health director, a public health nurse, an environmental health specialist, and other public health professionals. By approaching the emerging public health issues from these perspectives, the players gain a deeper understanding of the issues at hand, the decisions that colleagues in other disciplines face, and how those decisions impact his or her area of expertise.

Zoonoses (Public Health Emergency Training Series)

This online module describes the types and transmission of zoonotic diseases, identifies zoonoses of public health significance, and outlines general principles and procedures for surveillance and emergency preparedness.

 POD- Points of Dispensing

 This training is designed to provide an overview and orientation to the general operations of a POD. It is intended to complement just-in-time training provided at the time of deployment. Public health staff and volunteers may find this training beneficial. Participants are eligible to receive a certificate upon completion of the training, which includes a pre-test, post-test, and evaluation.


Through a unique partnership between the Public Health Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture's Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), seven educational modules, previously only available through WIC Learning Online, are now accessible to all MRC volunteers on MRC-TRAIN (www.mrc.train.org).

The seven WIC training modules available on MRC-TRAIN are (MRC-TRAIN Course ID in parentheses):

WIC 101: (Course ID 1040957)

Communicating with Participants: (Course ID 1040958)

Counseling Skills: (Course ID 1040959)

Reaching Participants through WIC: (Course ID 1040960)

Feeding Infants: Nourishing Attitudes and Techniques: (Course ID 1040961)

Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment (VENA): (Course ID 1040962)

WIC Breastfeeding Basics: (Course ID 1041073)

WIC training modules


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