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The Southeast Nebraska Medical Reserve Corps submits monthly safety and preparedness articles.  All articles are published in the Lincoln Journal Star Neighborhood Extra unless otherwise noted.    Highlights are included with a link to read the entire article. Articles are divided into categories.

Authors are members of the Southeast Nebraska Medical Reserve Corps.

  1. Cynthia Carlson, PH-RDH, ham radio operator
  2. John Cutler, Retired Coordinator of the Southeast Medical Response System, ham radio operator
  3. Reynolds Davis, Coordinator for counties of the Southeast Nebraska Medical Reserve Corps, ham radio operator
  4. Rod Hutt, Disaster Coordinator Specialists, CERT,ham radio operator
  5. Ryan Isherwood, MD, Family Practitioner; Gretna, NE; 
    Medical Director of the Southeast Nebraska Medical Reserve Corps
  6. Peg Kirby, Disaster Relief Specialist, CERT, ham radio operator
  7. Brian Krull, Disaster Relief and Emergency Response Specialist
  8. Cody Meredith, CERT, ham radio operator
  9. Angela Reiling, EMT, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Specialist
  10. Dennis Schmidt, R.N., M.A., ham radio operator, MRC Leadership Team
  11. Todd Shapland, CERT, EMR, ham radio operator
  12. Beth Sorensen.  B.S. Wilderness Specialist, ham radio operator, EMR, CERT
  13. Peggy Struwe, R.N., B.S., MRC leadership team


About the Medical Reserve Corps

What is the MRC? 

Reynolds Davis. 2012. Discusses what the MRC is.

Serving the Southeast Nebraska Medical Reserve Corps
John Cutler. 2014. Why it is important and your role in the MRC.

Medical Reserve Corps: An idea whose time is now
John Cutler, Coordinator, June 2012

Cody Meredith.  2014.  Volunteering is important and there are so many ways via MRC, CERT, Red Cross or as a Storm Spotter.


Peg Kirby. 2014.  VOCs are in building products, such as: carpets, paints, varnishes, vinyl floors and composite wood products. In home products, as in: air fresheners, air cleaners, cosmetics (hair spray, nail polish, colognes, rubbing alcohol), fuel, and car exhaust,  Why are they deadly?

Cancer-a Scary Disease 

Cynthia Carlson. 2011. Oral, Head and Neck Cancer is a cancer that arises in the nasal or sinus cavities, lips, mouth, thyroid, throat, voice box or saliva glands. Learn the risks.

The Silent Killer
Peggy Struwe.  2013.  20% of adult American have high blood pressure and do not know it
Dennis L Schmidt.  2012. According to the Surgeon General’s Offices approximately half of all Americans are afflicted with the disease. This articles include resources.

Zinc, no longer the last Essential Trace Element to think about in your diet

Dennis Schmidt.  2013.  Solid reasons for the flu shot.

Dennis Schmidt. 2012.  Two type of flu vaccines are explained.

Cynthia Carlson.  2013.  Blood pressure, cholesterol, pulse, glucose, do you know why it is important to know your numbers?

Seasonal Allergies
Bruce Marxsen. 2014. What step[s to take to limit your exposure to potential allergens.

Bruce Marxsen. 2014. Tips for the safe use of multi-symptom OTC (over the counter) products:  

Cynthia Carlson. 2014.  An important part of PREVENTIVE HEALTH is in knowing ‘WHAT treatments we are getting,’ WHY’, and ‘WHO’ is providing the care. 

Peggy Struwe.  2011.  With a transitory society, the importance of your child's immunizations are vital.

Bruce Marxsen. 2012. Errors with medications can occur at any time in the healthcare system; through hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, pharmacies and at home. Most of these will occur when a patient and the healthcare provider do not communicate well. 

Dennis L Schmidt. 2011.  Every hospital patient needs an advocate. An advocate is defined as “a person who pleads for or on behalf of another. 
    The Elderly and Preventive Dental Health Care 
    Cynthia Carlson.  2012.  Seventy five percent (75%) of Americans over the age of 65 years have the majority of their natural teeth.

    Ryan Isherwood, MD. 2015 

    Preparedness: Disaster

    CES, is an acronym the U.S. Forestry Services uses to prepare firefighters to approach and control wildfires. It means: Lookout; Awareness; Communicate; Escape Route; and Safety Zone. 

    Are you ready for winter?
    Reynolds Davis. 2013. Checklist of things you need for winter disaster preparedness.

    Communicating...before, during and after a disaster
    Rod Hutt. 2014. Communication with family is important in the event of a disaster. What do you need to do and how.

    In Case of Disaster, Are you Prepared?
    Reynolds Davis. undated. Do you have evacuation plans? Do you have supplies? Are you prepared?

    Public Warning During a Disaster
    John Cutler. 2014. Do you understand an emergency announcement? Learn about types of public alert.

    Preparedness goes on. All year long
    John Cutler. 2014. Just because your disaster kit is done doesn't mean preparedness stops.

    Using a Portable Generator for EmergencyElectricity
    Brian Krull. 2014. Learn the importance of using a generator safely.

    The Ten Essentials for Outdoor Excursions
    Beth Sorensen. 2012. While Nebraska doesn’t have many areas that would be considered “wilderness,” our outdoor spaces and extremes of weather can still pose a hazard to those who go unprepared

    The First 5 Minutes
    Angela Reiling. 2013. Whether it is natural or man-made, when disaster strikes we are at the mercy of circumstance. However, this does not mean our circumstances cannot change for the better. The ‘First Five Minutes’ can determine how we get control in what seems to be a clear and present danger.

    When the Sirens Sound
    Todd Shapland. 2013. What do you do when the sirens sound? Do you seek shelter or watch the storm?

    Preparedness: Medical

    Hand Washing Prevents Disease
    Peggy Struwe. 2013. How to properly wash hands to assist in the prevention of diseases.
    Preparing for a Medical Disaster
    Peggy Struwe. 2013. From a medical perspective, having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority in an emergency. Medical kit checklist and more.

    Preparedness: Checklist to Print