Greene NY Medical Reserve Corps

Greene NY MRC LogoThe mission of the Greene NY Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to mobilize trained medical and non-medical volunteers to effectively support public health operations and foster community resiliency within Greene County through training, exercises and response to real-world events.

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) are professional citizen volunteers willing to assist communities during public health emergencies, such as pandemic illness, natural disasters, and acts of terrorism. These volunteers are part of a group of valued potential responders who have been identified, credentialed, and trained in advance. MRC volunteers may also participate in local citizen preparedness campaigns, immunization clinics, special events, and health education.

What do Greene NY MRC volunteers do?

It depends on the nature of the emergency and the ongoing need for community health outreach, education, and support. What we do know is that major emergencies can overwhelm the capabilities of our first responders, especially during the first 12 to 72 hours. Medical and other health volunteers can provide an important “surge” capacity during that critical period. They can augment medical staff at local medical and emergency facilities, including alternate care and special needs shelters. In short, communities often need medically trained and certified individuals to fill the gaps in emergency response capacity when life-saving skills are so greatly needed. Greene NY Medical Reserve Corps volunteers are also asked to help in other public health activities such as flu vaccination clinics, preparedness awareness campaigns, and health fairs.

Who should volunteer for the Greene NY MRC?

Volunteers can be active or retired licensed healthcare professionals such as:
• Physicians
• Nurses
• Dentists
• Pharmacists
• Mental Health Professionals
• Veterinarians

And other community members who want to assist in supportive roles such as:
• Office Workers
• Interpreters/Communications
• Clergy
• Social Workers
• Materials Management

Every effort will be made to match a volunteer’s emergency role with professional skills, licensure, and interests.

Why should you become a member of the Greene NY MRC?

You have the opportunity to:
• Contribute your skills, experience and services to enhance emergency response services in your community
• Receive free training and education
• Participate in public health functions and practice events throughout the year
• Meet and work with peers in critical settings,
• Become part of a state-wide and national network of citizen volunteers

Register for the Greene NY Medical Reserve Corps

Newsletters:

September 2014 Greene NY MRC Newsletter

July 2014 Greene NY MRC Newsletter

May 2014 Greene NY MRC Newsletter