Ohio Responds Frequently Asked Questions
Kentucky Helps Frequently Asked Questions
Indiana Department of Health Frequently Asked Questions
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?
TMRC seeks medical and non-medical volunteers to assist with emergency preparedness and response efforts. Community members without medical training can assist with administrative and other essential support functions. Volunteers in the MRC program include:
Licensed/Certified Medical Professionals
Non-Medical Support Personnel/Community Members
WHY BECOME AN MRC VOLUNTEER
Volunteers are at the heart of the MRC. The existence of this nationwide, community-based movement is due to the willingness of volunteers to serve their communities in times of need. Without that generous offer of service, there would be no MRC. Becoming an MRC volunteer provides the opportunity to belong to a group with a strong sense of mission and purpose.
MRC benefits you and your community by:
WHAT WOULD I DO AS A VOLUNTEER?
MRC volunteers train, both online and in classroom settings, in order to improve their skills, knowledge, and abilities. MRC volunteers may also participate in area drills and exercises with community partners to help better prepare for a real event.
In an emergency, local resources get called upon first, sometimes with little or no warning. As a member of your MRC unit, you can be a part of an organized and trained team. You will be ready and able to bolster local emergency planning and response capabilities.
Major emergencies can overwhelm the capabilities of responders, particularly during the first 12-72 hours. Medical and other health volunteers can provide an important "surge" capacity during this critical period. Communities often need medically trained individuals to fill in the gaps in their emergency response plans.
MRC volunteers may find themselves working alongside Red Cross volunteers in a shelter setting supplementing the provision of health services, providing care in an alternative care setting, or staffing a point of dispensing (POD) site providing medical countermeasures to the population.
Individuals with a non-medical background typically serve their community by assisting with administrative and other essential support functions. This might include working in the following areas: administration, transportation, training, supply/logistics, chaplaincy/spiritual care, volunteer management, or communications.
You may also work closely with staff members from the local health department, emergency management agency, hospital, or other organizations, like the Red Cross, that partner with the MRC. In fact, the services that you provide may help these other organizations to meet their mission.
Every attempt will be made to match the skills and license or registration level of the volunteer with their assignment during an emergency response.
WHAT IS THE STATE OF OHIO LIMITED LIABILITY VOLUNTEER PROTECTION POLICY?
Ohio law provides liability protection to registered and trained Ohio Medical Reserve Corps volunteers during local, state or federally declared emergencies, disasters, drills/exercises, and trainings. The Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Emergency Management Association jointly share responsibilities of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) applicable to liability protection for MRC volunteers. The statute also protects a registered volunteer's personal information on the Ohio Responds Database from public disclosure. Review the Ohio Responds Limited Liability Protection document describing the Ohio law.