Medical Reserve Corps
Heroes aren’t born, they volunteer!
The need for trained supplemental healthcare personnel to assist with emergency operations was highlighted after the terrorist attacks of 2001 and hurricanes of 2005. Many medical and public health professionals sought to support emergency relief efforts, but there was no organized approach to channel their willingness to help.
The Ohio Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program provides the structure necessary to deploy healthcare personnel in response to an emergency, as it identifies specific, trained, and credentialed individuals available and ready to respond to emergencies, thus saving valuable time.
The Union County Medical Reserve Corps is committed to establishing teams of volunteers consisting of medical, public health and other professionals to contribute their capabilities and expertise during times of disaster, public health emergencies as well as throughout the year to promote community health initiatives.
The Union County MRC is a group of passionate volunteers, some with and some without medical backgrounds interested in supporting and improving the health of their community. Our MRC is a part of a nationwide initiative of over 968 units throughout the country. Our participation is essential in treatment of victims of a large scale disaster or epidemic, administration of vaccines during a mass vaccination, distribution of medicine during a chemical or biological attack, assisting in community clinics, supporting other response agencies, or lending a hand with community events.
Who is eligible?
Any interested resident of Union County 18 years or older, are encouraged to join. This includes both medical and non-medical professionals. If you hold a medical license, that license will be verified to determine your ability to perform certain tasks during a disaster.
What is required?
There is currently no required time commitment. All volunteers must complete three training courses. All three are offered on-line. In order to have liability coverage all volunteers must complete one training course every 3 years. These courses can include professional training, emergency medicine, or emergency preparedness.
Why should I join?
The satisfaction of giving back to your community. The desire to make a difference when you are needed most. Join because of that feeling you had when you watched a disaster on TV and you wanted to do something. We strive to have capable, prepared, and knowledgeable volunteers to ensure that the citizens of Union County remain as healthy as possible.
Why do I need to join the MRC? Can’t I just show up?
Volunteers arriving at the incident site, without being trained, without known credentials or without being affiliated with an organization, often hurt instead of help recovery efforts despite their best intentions. Through hard lessons learned, we now know counties experiencing a disaster situation need pre-credentialed, screened and trained medical professionals. The MRC meets these needs by providing an organized, rapid response of volunteers in a disaster. Waiting to be deployed by the MRC allows us to communicate important messages to better prepare each volunteer for service, and allows us to track all volunteers at the scene so that the response can be safe for everyone.
Ohio Revised Code Section 121.404 provides liability protection to registered Ohio Medical Reserve Corps volunteers during local, state or federally declared emergencies, disasters, drills, exercises and trainings, and exempts a registered volunteer’s personal information in the Ohio MRC Database from public disclosure. This protection does not include the provision of any court fees, nor does it cover workman’s compensation.
There are only three required trainings, the links are listed below. Every volunteer must take a training every three years in order to be covered by state liability and remain an active MRC volunteer. You can take these courses over again or you can take professional development courses, emergency medicine courses, or emergency preparedness courses. If you do not have the ability to take a course online please contact the MRC coordinator and other arrangements can be made.
To Sign Up:
- Before you sign up you must have completed one of the above trainings. This information will be requested during registration
- After completion of one of the trainings please go to www.ohioresponds.gov and click on volunteer registry at the bottom of the page.
- Click on the “register now” button this will take you to a page that will give you instructions on choosing a username and password. After reading click on the continue button.
- You will see a button that says “Display all groups”. Make sure this is chosen and hit “next”
- Choose the square that is next to “Ohio Medical Reserve Corps” and click “next”.
- You will want to make sure you fill out your entire profile (all required fields are designated with a small yellow triangle) so that you can beIf you have a medical license, make sure to include the license information so that I can approve you as a medical volunteer.
- Once you fill out all required fields make sure to select the “submit information”This alerts me that you have registered. You will receive an e-mail saying that your status is pending.
- Once approved you will receive an e-mail, verifying this
- As an approved member of the MRC you will be added to the e-mail distributionAn e-mail is usually sent out weekly with volunteer and training opportunities.
- Please feel free to contact the MRC Coordinator with any questions or concerns.
Union County Red Cross currently does not have a website
Hands On Central Ohio http://www.handsoncentralohio.org/
Thank you for your interest in the Union County Medical Reserve Corps.
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