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Dallas County Health & Human Services
Medical Reserve Corps
2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207-2710
214-819-1922 / mrc.mrc@dallascounty.org

Frequently Asked Questions

What is MRC?

The Medical Reserve Corps is a community-based group made of both medical and non-medical volunteers who train and prepare 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.


Group of Volunteer LadiesThe 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 MRC volunteers who can frequently be called upon throughout the year. Please think about how much time you can actually commit before becoming an MRC volunteer, as we depend on MRC volunteers to be able to rapidly deploy to an incident or to assist during an emergency.

We understand busy schedules, so we try to accommodate by scheduling trainings, exercises, and events during regular business hours, evenings and weekends, and everything in between so that no matter your schedule, you can find something that works for you.

If you have any other questions about the Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps, contact:

Jess Wade
MRC Coordinator
214-819-1922

For general questions or for more information about Dallas County Health and Human Services,
please email Director Zachary Thompson at zthompson@dallascounty.org.

Zachary S. Thompson
Director
Christopher Perkins, D.O., M.P.H.
Medical Director / Health Authority

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