Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below are a few common questions about MRC and becoming a volunteer.
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What is MRC?
The Medical Reserve Corps is a community-based group of medical and non-medical volunteers who train to assist local public health and emergency management agencies in the event of a disaster.
MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers—medical professionals and others—who want to donate their time and expertise to promote healthy living throughout the year and to prepare for and respond to emergencies. MRC volunteers supplement existing local emergency and public health resources.
What does MRC do?
Support local public health through the following activities:
- Promote disease prevention/emergency preparedness
- Enhance public health preparedness
- Assist local health departments with surge personnel needs
- Participate in mass prophylaxis and vaccination exercises and community disaster drills
The purpose of the MRC Program is to strengthen communities by using their expertise to promote public health throughout the year as well during times of emergency.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) plays an integral part in our pre-paredness and response strategy. It provides an organized way for medical professionals and volunteers to offer their skills and expertise during local crises and throughout the year. Locally-based MRC volunteers can assist during large-scale emergencies, such as earthquakes, influenza epidemic, or acts of terrorism. MRC volunteers also work to strengthen the overall health and well-being of their neighborhoods and communities.
How often would I need to volunteer?
Because of the nature of responsibilities MRC volunteers may be called upon to fill, it is important to have committed and dedicated volunteers who can serve throughout the year. Please consider your current commitments before joining MRC. Our members may be asked to rapidly deploy in order to assist during an emergency.
Of course we understand busy schedules. Most trainings, drills, exercises, and events are scheduled well in advance and during a variety of weekdays, evenings, and weekends. We know MRC volunteers want to serve their community.
How can I become an MRC volunteer?
Submit your application online at www.TexasDisasterVolunteerRegistry.org. The website is secure and your file is password protected. You will be asked to provide 24/7 contact information, street address, date of birth, skills you have to offer, and for medical professionals, license number(s) and expiration date(s).
Emergency Volunteer Program Coordinator
Epidemiology Surge & PPE Training class