Disaster Response Training
In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks thousands of volunteers came to assist in the response efforts. Unfortunately, this event demonstrated the inability to effectively utilize those volunteers and their much needed skills. Without a system in place, there was no way to identify unaffiliated volunteers, verify their credentials, or offer liability coverage.
In response to this, the Office of Surgeon General announced the formation of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The MRC is a national network of local groups of volunteers that are willing to provide their skills during an emergency. MRC volunteers include health and medical professionals, as well as others interested in improving the public health and response capabilities of the their local jurisdiction. MRC units identify, credential, and train volunteers that can support emergency preparedness and response efforts.
To learn more about the Medical Reserve Corps on the National level, visit: https://mrc.hhs.gov/HomePage.