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What is the Medical Reserve Corps?

The national Medical Reserve Corps program was established after President Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country.

 

It is a partner program with Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Citizen Corps, along with AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Peace Corps are part of the President's USA Freedom Corps, which promotes volunteerism and service nationwide. The Denton County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a group of highly trained medical and non-medical citizens dedicated to supporting the county during public health emergencies or natural disasters.

 

Register for the Medical Reserve Corps

 

MRC Volunteer Brochure The Denton County Plan Denton County’s goal is to identify and train over 2000 medical and non-medical volunteers to respond during a disaster. During Hurricane Katrina and September 11, 2001, literally thousands of well meaning Americans rushed to Louisiana and New York City to offer assistance to the helpless victims that we all witnessed on our television news broadcasts, but many were turned away because they had not been trained to respond in concert with emergency responders at the state, local and federal levels. The Medical Reserve Corps is the mechanism that we use to ensure that when large numbers of Americans are injured or exposed to a health hazard, they can be treated or cared for expeditiously. Though we have a significant need for medical people with all specialties, we also need a team of non-medical people to support their efforts during a disaster.

How Much Time Does This Take Becoming a member of the Denton County Medical Reserve Corps is easier than you might think. All we require is that you attend one of our free Volunteer Orientations and complete some basic paperwork. Joining the Medical Reserve Corps is not a weekly or even monthly volunteer obligation. You will respond only during an emergency and only if you are available. Denton County provides free additional training to supplement your Orientation throughout the year but that training is also optional.

How Can Organizations/Corporations Help? Your company or organization can encourage its employees and partners to become members of the Medical Reserve Corps so that they can support the community during a large scale disaster or event. It is highly likely that if this kind of catastrophic event occurred, your normal operating hours would be temporarily halted or significantly reduced because of the magnitude of the disaster, so our request will not place constraints upon your business or regular activities.
Training Denton County wants to ensure that our volunteers and their families are personally prepared to respond in a crisis so all Medical Reserve Corps members are provided with free optional training throughout the year. We offer a variety of training on line and in person to help augment your disaster response information and volunteers can attend as much or as little as they feel they need. Our volunteers are also provided Go bags, and Response gear so that they are “ready” when they respond!

How Do I Get Involved? Contact the Denton County Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator at (940) 349-2910 or go to https://mrc.dentoncounty.com. You can also check us out on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/DentonCountyMRC/ Register now, your community needs you!