John Flood, Co-chair
Mary-Ellen Quintal, Co-chair
Stephanie Duggan, MCC/MRC Coordinator
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) were formed due to an outpouring of support for emergency relief efforts after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Many Americans asked, “What can I do to help?” Medical and public health professionals were among those who wanted to volunteer their services, but many were not able to find a way to do so. Using public health and medical volunteers in emergencies requires an organized approach and the emergency management system had not identified a role for them. While they had very necessary skills and knowledge, medical personnel could not be called up because they were not identified, credentialed or trained in advance.
The anthrax attacks in Fall 2001 reinforced the need for pre-qualified and trained supplemental medical and public health personnel to assist with emergency operations such as mass antibiotic dispensing or mass immunization campaigns. The anthrax missions immunized almost 40,000 people. If these events had been much larger, the Federal responders would have been overwhelmed and extra personnel would have been required.
To help meet these needs, the Medical Reserve Corps Program was formed in 2002, in cooperation with the White House’s USA Freedom Corps, as one of the charter programs of Citizen Corps. Recruiting, training and organizing medical and public health professionals to strengthen their communities through volunteerism are at the core of the MRC concept. MRC volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year by supporting local public health initiatives, such as immunization and prevention activities. When an emergency community need occurs, MRC volunteers can work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs. With an MRC in place, a formerly untapped community resource – medical and public health volunteers – is functioning and available for the community to access in emergencies and for ongoing efforts in public health.
January 2015 Storm
In preparation for the impending blizzard, the Region 4A Medical Reserve Corps unit is requesting volunteers to be on standby status.
This means that staffing for local/regional shelters and/or warming/charging centers may be needed within the Region and across the state. At this point, NO such resources are necessary.
In the event that longer term power outages occur, we may need MRC volunteers to potentially staff several shifts (possibly 8 to 12hr shifts) at local/regional shelters and/or warming/charging centers. We may be requesting you to volunteer in the event these shelters or centers are open/activated. Please remember to check your email regularly throughout the storm, and also please make sure your communication devices are fully charged.
For your personal preparedness, review a list of personal items you might consider bringing with you, should you deploy to volunteer in a shelter and/or center. Of course, not all items on the list are necessary, please exercise judgment when determining what you may or may not need.
All MRC volunteers should make sure their own family and homes are safe before volunteering to help elsewhere. Thank you in advance, stay warm and safe and check on your neighbors.
The MCC/MRC publishes a monthly newsletter which highlights current public health issues, lets you know what the MCC/MRC is doing in our community, and lists ways in which you can volunteer.
You can download (pdf) copies of it here:
- MCC/MRC Newsletter Apr 2014
- MCC/MRC Newsletter Feb 2014
- MCC/MRC Newsletter Jan 2014
- MCC/MRC Newsletter Apr 2012
- MCC/MRC Newsletter Mar 2012
- Next MRC Meeting – Jan 8, 6:30pm, Town Hall [Agenda]
- The MCC/MRC meets on the second Thursday of every month at 6:30pm in the Municipal Services Conference Room, Town Hall, Lower Level
MCC/MRC Executive Committee Members