All volunteers registering with MRC must be registered in their applicable state data base. The Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) is a federal program created in order to support states and territories in establishing standardized volunteer registration programs for disasters and public health and medical emergencies. ESAR-VHP is now administered by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ASPR assists each state and territory in establishing a standardized volunteer registration program.
Ohio Responds is Ohio's version of the nationally-mandated ESAR-VHP system and is a partnership between Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The Ohio EMA coordinates the Ohio Citizen Corps' programs which include: Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Fire Corps, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) and Neighborhood Watch.
The ODH is the coordinating agency for Ohio Medical Reserve Corps, a volunteer program of Ohio Citizen Corps. Ohio residents can register at this website: ohioresponds.gov/index.stm
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) has established the Kentucky Health Emergency Listing of Professionals for Surge (K-HELPS) program. K-HELPS is a web-based online registration system developed to facilitate health and medical response through identification, credentialing, and deployment of Kentuckians willing to serve in emergency, as well as non-emergency situations. K-HELPS was created in 2005 to offer medical support to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. K-HELPS complements existing Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) programs.
Currently, KDPH is placing emphasis on recruiting physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, radiological technologists, respiratory therapists, and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, although all Kentuckians are encouraged to "volunteer" no matter what expertise they have acquired.
Kentucky residents can log on to www.kentuckyhelps.com to register as an MRC volunteer.
Indiana residents can register for MRC at the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers for Indiana (SERV-IN) website. SERV-IN is an electronic registration system and database of local, regional and statewide volunteer programs who want to assit our public health and healthcare systems during an event or disaster. SERV-IN is comprised of local volunteer coordinators who mobilize medical and non-medical volunteers to respond to emergencies within the community, or if the volunteer is interested, within the state. SERV-IN was created to assist in that process.
Whether you work in a health field or not, active or retired, if you have an interest in assisting your community or state during a health crisis, we invite you to join SERV-IN. Register at www.serv-in.org.