Medical Reserve Corps
Shelby County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps
Engaging volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response, and community resiliency
The Medical Reserve Corps Program includes over 200,000 volunteers in over 1,000 units across the country—ready to respond to emergencies and building resiliency in thousands of local communities through prevention, preparedness and public health activities.
MRC units play a large role in increasing health literacy, supporting prevention efforts and eliminating health disparities. The MRC unit in Shelby County is housed in the Shelby County Health Department and actively works with local organizations to support community public health response efforts. Some of the recent and ongoing activities include:
- Educating the community about Emergency Preparedness at Health Fairs
- Staffing call centers when the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) is activated
- Serving as First Aid staff at community events
- Serving as Nursing/Medical staff during shelter operations
- Participating in City-Wide disaster drills and exercises
- Triaging evacuees during Hurricane Gustav
- Dispensing vaccines/medications for mass prophylaxis at POD (Point of Dispensing) clinics
MRC volunteers will support and assist the Shelby County Health Department in staffing 20 identified point of dispensing sites, 10 shelter sites and providing mass vaccinations, mass casualty care, and other critical public health services during a declared disaster or public health emergency.
Join us as we support our community