About the MRC

What is the Medical Reserve Corps?

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national volunteer program established after 9/11 by the United States Surgeon General.  The MRC is dedicated to the pre-identification, advance preparation and credentialing of local health and non-health  professionals to respond in large-scale medical or public health emergencies such as natural disasters, disease pandemics or acts of bioterrorism and other vital public health activities.

Our mission:

To improve the community’s health and wellness by supplementing public health initiatives and disaster response events with a pre-identified and pre-trained volunteer corps of medical and support professionals.

How do MRC volunteers help in disasters?

In Sarasota, the Medical Reserve Corps is coordinated by the Health Department, where both medical and non-medical volunteers are pre-trained, prepared and ready to respond to community health emergencies in a structured way. MRC volunteers are called upon to serve alongside of public health and emergency services professionals in hurricane shelters, in mass dispensing of medication/vaccination operations, or in disease outbreak investigations, to name a few examples

How do I join the Medical Reserve Corps?

It’s easy. Call today (941-861-5000) for applications and instructions about how to complete the brief credentialing process.  Or visit the Apply page to your left.

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