Medical Reserve Corps
Mission StatementThe mission of the Florida Medical Reserve Corps Network Program is to augment local community health and medical services staff with pre-identified, trained and credentialed MRC volunteers.
PurposeThe Florida Medical Reserve Corps Network was established to effectively facilitate the use of private volunteers in emergency response.
What is the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)?
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety and resiliency of their communities. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as others interested in strengthening the public health infrastructure and improving the preparedness and response capabilities of their local jurisdiction. MRC units identify, screen, train and organize the volunteers, and utilize them to support routine public health activities and augment preparedness and response efforts.
Program OverviewThe Florida Medical Reserve Corps Network comprises 32 local units, covering 55 of Florida's 67 counties.
Florida Medical Reserve Corps units are community-based and function to locally organize and utilize health professionals and other volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to promote community health and respond to emergencies.
The following occupations represent some of Florida's MRC Volunteer specialties.
- Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
- Clinical Social Worker
- Counselor, Mental Health
- Licensed Practical Nurse
- Marriage & Family Therapist
- Medical Records and Health Information Technologist
- Medical and Clinical Lab Technician
- Medical and Clinical Lab Technologist
- Physician Assistant
- Radiologic Technologist / Technician
- Registered Nurse
- Respiratory Therapist
- Social Worker
The Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals
(ESAR-VHP) is a federal program created to support states and territories in establishing standardized volunteer registration programs for disasters and public health and medical emergencies.
The program, administered on the state level, verifies health professionals' identification and credentials so that they can respond more quickly when disaster strikes. By registering through ESAR-VHP, volunteers' identities, licenses, credentials, accreditations, and hospital privileges are all verified in advance, saving valuable time in emergency situations.
ESAR-VHP Videos from MRC Responders (Volunteers)
NOTE: Florida's ESAR-VHP registry for Volunteers is SERVFL. Please register at SERVFL.com
The State Emergency Responders and Volunteers of Florida (SERVFL) is the State of Florida's online ESAR-VHP system for managing public health and medical disaster responders (volunteers and staff teams). SERVFL registry supports a variety of personnel who may be utilized during disasters, all-hazard response efforts, and public health activities. Volunteer Today!!!
Members must help FL MRC Network maintain accurate and up-to-date contact information, including mailing addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
The MRC Core Competency matrix is required to be distributed to Florida MRC Network Program Volunteers. The matrix, developed in April 2007 is still used by the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General, the matrix outlines the baseline level of knowledge and skills that all MRC volunteers should have, regardless of their roles within the MRC unit.
Core Competencies Matrix
"Plan and Prepare" Federal Emergency Management Agency Website
2015 Monthly Themes and Events for Preparedness
The following national holidays, days of recognition, and weekly and monthly themes may be used by Citizen Corps Councils and partners to encourage and promote civic engagement, public safety, preparedness, resilience, and volunteerism. The outreach themes are intended to be used as an opportunity to jumpstart work with additional Citizen Corps partners and affiliates on promoting awareness, planning events, and media outreach to strengthen community preparedness at the state and local level.
The Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service was established in 1994 by the Florida Legislature to administer grants under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. The Commission grants funds to Florida AmeriCorps and National Service programs; encourages volunteerism for everyone from youth to seniors to people with disabilities; promotes volunteerism for disaster preparedness and response; and helps to strengthen and expand Volunteer Centers in Florida.
Volunteer Florida is an important public health collaborative partner of the Florida Medical Reserve Corps Network.
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