"When a disaster happens, there is no time to suddenly 'prepare' for the unexpected. Staying safe depends on knowing what to do before a disaster occurs."
~ Oklahoma MRC ~
What is the Medical Reserve Corps?
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national volunteer program established after 9/11 by the United States Surgeon General. The MRC is dedicated to the pre-identification, advance preparation and credentialing of local health professionals to respond in large scale medical or public health emergencies such as natural disasters, disease pandemics or acts of terrorism. The MRC of Volusia County is actively recruiting all health professionals for disaster response.
State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, Dr. John Armstrong talks about the importance of the MRC in this video.
How do MRC volunteers help in disasters?
In Volusia county, the Medical Reserve Corps is coordinated by the Health Department, where both medical and non-medical volunteers are pre-trained, prepared and ready to respond to community health emergencies in a structured way. MRC volunteers are called upon to serve alongside of public health and emergency services professionals in special needs hurricane shelters, in mass dispensing of medication/vaccination, or in disease outbreak investigations, to name a few examples.
How do I join the Medical Reserve Corps?
Itís easy. visit the Apply page for applications and instructions about how to complete the brief credentialing process or call today (386-274-0500 ext. 7527).