Benefits of Volunteering
There are a number of benefits to be gained by joining the MRC including:
For you personally:
- Helping Sarasota County to better prepare for and respond to public health emergencies
- Getting to know your community better
- Networking and building references
- Earning continuing education credits
- Gaining public health experience
- Learning opportunities and skills development through training and hands-on drills/exercises
- Sense of pride and accomplishment through community service
- Being part of a dedicated public health and emergency response team
- Protection under state liability coverage and worker’s compensation
For the Community
Local emergencies have the capability to quickly overwhelm the capacity of first responders, especially during the first 12-72 hours. Having citizens who are prepared to take care of themselves, their families, and others during times of crisis will allow first-responders to focus their efforts on the most critical, life threatening situations. MRC volunteers supplement existing local emergency and public health resources.
Our goal is to have an organized, well trained MRC unit of volunteers that can effectively respond to an emergency; are familiar with their community’s response plan; knows what materials are available for their use; knows who their partners in the response are; and knows where their skills can be utilized to their best advantage and in a coordinated manner.