The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises 747 community-based units and over 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and territories.
MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals and other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities and build community resiliency. They prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, floods, and other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks. They frequently contribute to community health activities that promote healthy habits.
Emergencies and disasters are going to happen. This is a given here in the Pacific Northwest, where we can expect everything from earthquakes and winter storms to illness and a possible eruption of our beloved Mt. Rainier. We must be prepared and ready for possible problems we can predict and for events that we know nothing about. All of these can shake up our lives.
We can’t prepare for everything, but we can prepare so we can handle what we think might happen and be ready to cope with the realities when need to.
In the past, we have done mock-ups of disasters and held county-wide responses to the current problem like homelessness. Our combination of medical professionals, community organizations, and eager volunteers make a great team. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps. You can join the team and share our mission.
You can also join our Trauma Resilience Team (TRT), part of the MRC, which focuses on mental health and trauma. Go to our Trauma Resilience Team page to see more information on previous webinars hosted by TRT.