Medical Reserve Corps of Washoe County

MRC volunteers helping the Health District with the disposal of expired H1N1 anti-viral medications.The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises more than 190,000 volunteers in roughly 800 community-based units located throughout the United States and its territories.

Your talent is needed to support local COVID-19 response 

MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities, and build community resiliency.

Read the 2021 MRC Newsletter here

They prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks. They frequently contribute to community health activities that promote healthy habits. Examples of activities that MRC volunteers participate in and support include:

  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Trainings
  • Mass Dispensing Efforts
  • Emergency Sheltering
  • Vaccination Clinics
  • Responder Rehab
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Disaster Medical Support
  • Outreach to Underserved Community Members
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Community Event Support
  • Medical Facility Surge Capacity
  • Healthy Living
  • First Aid During Large Public Gatherings
  • Planning, Logistical & Administrative Support

Washoe County MRC Program

The Washoe County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was created to support public health and emergency response efforts during natural disasters and other emergencies. By providing trained volunteers to help staff shelters, alternate care sites, and points of dispensing; the MRC provides a level of support that allows our region's patient care facilities to conserve the limited medical resources during disasters.

COVID-19 Update

The WCHD response to the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for both medical and non-medical volunteers.

  • Medical Professionals

The MRC is asking medical doctors, nurses, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, veterinarians, and other medical professionals to consider volunteering their time to help protect the community’s health during the pandemic and beyond. For example, medical professionals are needed to help with COVID-19 vaccination PODs (Point of Dispensing) and testing. 

  • Nonmedical Professionals
Nonmedical professionals can help support testing activities, vaccination pods including traffic, forms, screening, logistics support, and other nonmedical functions.

On April 1, 2020, Nevada Governor Sisolak issued an Emergency Directive 011 that was intended to provide relief to active healthcare personnel and facilities and expedite additional health care workers into our state’s health care facilities. It remains vital to vet volunteers who will be working with the public on behalf of Washoe County or the State.

Become a Washoe County MRC in three easy steps:

  1. Register Online

Register online with the State of Nevada State Emergency Registry of Volunteers,

Instructions on how to sign up here. 

  1. Email

Email WCHDvolunteers and let them know that you would like to volunteer and have registered as a Washoe County MRC at

  1. Complete the required forms below and email them to


For further information or if you have any questions, please email

COVID-19 Resources

This program is supported by the Nevada State Health Division through Grant Number 5U3REP090220-03-01 from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Nevada State Health Division nor the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).