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Medical Reserve Corps

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community-based volunteer program that strengthens and expands the local public health system's response during a health emergency or disaster.  Members include medical and non-medical professionals who contribute their unique skills and expertise to prepare for and respond to health emergencies.  The Adams County MRC is one of over 900 nationally recognized Medical Reserve Corps units.

The mission of the Adams County Medical Reserve Corps is to allow local health professionals and others to voluntarily contribute their skills and expertise to provide public health surge capacity.

The mission of the Adams County Medical Reserve Corps is to allow local health professionals and others to voluntarily contribute their skills and expertise to provide public health surge capacity.

Adams County MRC members have assisted in a range of health emergencies that include response to local flooding and H1N1 influenza pandemic.

Basic eligibility requirements for the Adams County MRC include:

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Pass a criminal background check

  • Have a valid driver's license and auto insurance

  • Work well in stressful situations

  • Have good customer service skills

  • Work well in a team

 

Training Requirements 

The first step to submit a completed Volunteer Application. Upon receipt Health Department officials will review and determine whether to accept the vounteer.

All new Adams County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) members are required to attend a volunteer orientation. The National Medical Reserve Corps program has established core competencies for all Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units. The Adams County MRC is emphasizing knowledge of personal preparedness, Incident Command and first aid.

The following training must be complete during the first 6 months of becoming a MRC member:

  • Personal and Family Preparedness Plan

  • IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command Systems

  • IS-700.a Introduction to National Incident Management System (NIMS)

  • IS-26 Point of Distribution

  • IL-Helps www.illinoishelps.net

Additional training through drills, exercises and community events are available. All members are expected to attend a minimum of 1 activity/event per year to be better prepared for a health emergency.