The national MRC network comprises 997 community-based units and over 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories. The MRC mission is supported by the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC), which serves as the Natiional Program Office for the MRC.
The need for the MRC became apparent after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when thousands of medical and public health professionals, eager to volunteer in support of emergency relief activities, found that there was no organized approach to channel their efforts. Local responders were already overwhelmed and did not have a way to identify and manage these spontaneous volunteers, and many highly skilled people were turned away. As a result, the MRC was established in 2002 to provide a way to recruit, train, and activate medical and health professionals to respond to community health needs, including disasters and other public health emergencies.
The Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky MRC units are actively seeking both medical and non-medical volunteers to help build a stronger community through public health preparedness.
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It is expected by both the federal and state government that local health jurisdictions build a network of volunteers to assist during emergencies. It is vital to our preparedness planning that each MRC unit is required to identify, recruit, register, credential, train, and engage volunteers to support the jurisdictional public health response to incidents of public health significance.
The following 20 counties are a part of TMRC: