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MRC GEM volunteers practice setting up a portable drive-through tent on March 12, 2020.
This type of tent could be used for drive-through COVID-19 testing or vaccinations.

MRC GEM volunteers worked with public
health officials in setting up and operating
a mass vaccination clinic at Meadowcreek
High School in Gwinnett County during the
H1N1 flu outbreak in 2009.

MRC GEM volunteers learn how to operate populationmonitoring stations at community reception centers after
a radiological or nuclear incident. The class was taught by
personnel from the Department of Energy.

" The primary thing we train for is a worst-case
scenario, " Levinson says. " When something happens, it's too late to gather and start training people. "

MRC GEM members practice the proper technique to screen for radioactive
contamination.

An exciting retirement
Liza O'Neal, a former kindergarten teacher from Duluth,
joined MRC GEM because she wanted something interesting
to do in her retirement. She had always been the teacher who
bandaged injured students, and her principal urged her to get
first aid certification, which piqued her interest in emergency
training.
One of her most satisfying assignments was serving on
an emergency team during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz
Stadium in Atlanta in 2019. Volunteers helped with air-quality
checks and were kept abreast on emergency preparedness
throughout Super Bowl week.
" This makes for an exciting retirement, " O'Neal says.
To join the MRC GEM unit, prospective members need
only submit to a background check and go through some intro-

ductory online courses. Free monthly training is offered but not
mandatory on various emergency and health topics, such as
anthrax threats, telemedicine, sheltering for weather events and
wilderness and remote first aid, as well as radiation response-
for which the unit has received national recognition.
Levinson says the group is interested in emergency or
" helping-their-neighbor " types of training. He does much of the
teaching himself, and, after almost a year of holding online sessions, Levinson is eager to see his current volunteers and meet
new members in person.
Arnold Zwickel, a retired dental lab owner/operator from
Lawrenceville, plans the content of the classes based on what
members want and what the health department needs. For the
last decade, he's given a lot of his spare time to corps activities.
" It's a labor of love, " he says.
He consistently reaches out to his neighbors, giving out
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