MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS
The Hocking County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a county-based volunteer program for both medical and non-medical volunteers. It is a collaborative effort coordinated through the Hocking County Health Department and will augment response efforts during disasters, as well as assist the county in times of non-emergency.
About the Hocking County Medical Reserve Corps
The Hocking County Medical Reserve Corps unit has been developed to support public health, assist with mass prophylaxis/vaccination clinics, and with surge capacity during a public health emergency. Free training is provided for volunteers. This unit allows medical professionals and non-licensed persons to volunteer. We encourage all interested volunteers to sign up at ohioresponds.gov or call Hocking County Health Department at 740-385-3030 ext. 272.
Committed to serving the residents of Hocking County by
- Strengthening public health
- Reducing vulnerabilities
- Improving Local Preparedness, Response and Recovery Capabilities
- Building Communiy Resilience
Fill critical public health emergency response gaps and support the tiered model of emergency response, with support at the local level first, to offset resource requests from the state and/or federal government.
- Promote the public's health through close collaboration and partnership with Hocking County Health Department and its cooperating agencies.
- Support public health, medical providers, emergency responders, neighborhood emergency help centers, acute care centers, and hospitals during a public health emergency.
The Medical Reserve Corps is a partner program of the Citizen Corps and was founded in 2002 after President Bush's State of the Union address, where he asked all Americans to volunteer for their country. The Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps is headquartered in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their communities. Volunteers can also make the decision to assist with emergencies county-, state- and nationwide.
The Hocking County MRC was created in 2005 to aid Hocking County before, during, and after an emergency. It is comprised of licensed health and medical professionals, including nurses, nurse practitioners, veterinarians, pharmacists, doctors, chiropractors, optomitrists, physician assistants, social workers, dentists, EMS professional, and others, as well as non-medical volunteers who will assist and support county efforts. The Hocking County MRC program is a collaboration among emergency management, emergency medical services, hospital-based services, medical providers and public health agencies and is coordinated through the Hocking County Health Department.