Broome County MRC: Volunteers Building Strong, Healthy, and Prepared Communities
The Medical Reserve Corps consists of professional citizen volunteers who are willing to assist their community during public health emergencies, such as influenza epidemics, natural disasters or acts of terrorism. Volunteers may also participate in health education and awareness, local health campaigns, special events and immunization clinics.
Based in the Office of the United States Surgeon General, the Medical Reserve Corps is designed to address local health problems and enhance our capacity to respond to disasters or public health emergencies.
The Broome County MRC is always seeking new volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering can begin the application process online: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE MRC. Following the online registration, a coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview. The MRC application process includes four steps:
1. Online ServNY Application (above link) 2. Interview 3. Orientation 4. MRC Application Packet:
- Confidentiality Agreement
In 2002, the Broome County Health Department received funding to establish a community-based, citizen volunteer Medical Reserve Corps Unit to operate in conjunction with the Broome County Office of Emergency Services and other local agencies during a natural or man-made disaster, disease outbreak or other community threat.
In the event of a public health emergency, Medical Reserve Corps provide surge capacity for existing emergency services in Broome, Chenango and Tioga Counties. The Unit also provides a core group of trained medical professionals who can be called upon to assist with ongoing public health surveillance activities in Broome County when there is a need for additional support. These functions of the Medical Reserve Corps Unit help strengthen and increase the capacity of our regional public health system to effectively respond to community health concerns.
The Broome County Medical Reserve Corps welcomes active or retired health professionals and others interested in providing support to the community during an emergency. The MRC consists of Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, EMT's, social workers, clergy and community volunteers. Those enrolled in the program are provided with training and other resources for engagement in response acitivites.
Training includes: Basic and Advanced Life Support, Basic First Aid and Red Cross Disaster Services, Clinic Management and Mass Vaccination. Volunteers have also been trained to assist with communicable disease outbreaks, environmental hazards and to provide community education for preparedness and preventative health.
Working with local emergency management, the MRC completes exercises, table top drills and after action reviews. MRC leadership collaborates with local emergency response teams, officials and agencies to develop sheltering plans for those who are most at risk in the community.
Recent MRC Activity in Broome County:
Local and statewide MRC volunteers responded to shelters during the 2012 flood to assist those with special needs. Prior, the MRC was activated for H1N1 to help staff over 100 PODs that were held throughout Broome County.
In the past five years, members have participated in a large Pandemic Flu Drill at BCC, assisted health department clinic staff with flu clinics throughout the Fall, attended training on Disease Surveillance and Contact Tracing, took part in Red Cross classes about disaster response and played a significant role in public health initiatives by staffing the Binghamton University TB testing program.
Federal MRC site: https://mrc.hhs.gov/HomePage