Medical Reserve Corps of Washoe County
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.
We are always in need of volunteers, especially in the medical field, to join MRC.
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.
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 emergency shelters, alternate care sites, and points of dispensing; the MRC provides a level of support for both medical and non-medical resources during disasters.
MRC volunteers assist in emergency responses and community events. They also strengthen public health efforts and build community resiliency in order to adapt and recover from adversity. During a public health emergency, MRC volunteers will help assist in emergency vaccination or clinical events. Some functions may include dispensing of mass vaccinations, providing first aid, and, and mediating traffic.
Volunteers are the backbone and heart of MRC. Communities exponentially benefit from MRC volunteers who are willing and ready to respond to different events. Volunteers improve the readiness and resilience of our community. MRC volunteers who give their time and talents, find they also receive many benefits including:
- Building networks and connections with a diverse array of community members.
- Gaining knowledge of public health and emergency preparedness.
- Access to variety of trainings like Stop the Bleed, Psychological First Aid, and First Aid/CPR.
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.
1. Register Online
Register online with the State of Nevada State Emergency Registry of Volunteers, ServNV.org
2. Email WCHDvolunteers@washoecounty.gov
Email WCHDvolunteers and let them know that you would like to volunteer and have registered as a Washoe County MRC at ServNV.org.
3. Complete the required WCHD forms below and email them to WCHDvolunteers@washoecounty.gov
- Volunteer Agreement
- Oath of Confidentiality
- Liability Release
- HIPAA Online Training
- HIPAA Training Acknowledgement
4. Completion of the following FEMA online (free) courses.
At the end of each course, certificate of completion is issued through FEMA. Please save each certificate for your records and email a copy
- ICS 100 IS-0100.c: An Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100 - Course Welcome (fema.gov)
- ICS 200 IS-0200.c Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS 200 - Course Welcome: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response (ICS 200) (fema.gov)
- ICS 800 IS-0800.d: National Response Framework, An Introduction - Course Overview (fema.gov)
5. Participation in two WCHD MRC programs, trainings, or exercises each calendar year.
For further information or if you have any questions, please email WCHDvolunteers@washoecounty.gov.
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).
Last modified on 09/20/2022