What is the MRC?
Wouldn't it be great to have a group of volunteer medical professionals and others who are already identified, credentialed, trained and prepared to help when they are needed in your local community?
Here in Utah, there is such a group. It's called the Medical Reserve Corps. Although each unit is unique, most of the units supplement existing hospital, public health and emergency medical systems when they are overwhelmed.
In an earthquake, for example, as much as 85 percent of the people who flock to hospitals don't need urgent emergency care. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers can help reduce that surge. They can also help with public health education campaigns, flu shot clinics and disease investigations.
Each local health department in Utah hosts a Medical Reserve Corps program. If you are interested, please click here to find the unit in your area. Or, for more information, contact your local health department.
Utah's medical volunteers who help during disasters and public health emergencies are celebrating a milestone as their Medical Reserve Corps program turns 10 years old on Monday, Sept. 30.
The first Utah MRC unit was formed in Cache County as part of a nationwide pilot project in the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Since then, Utah MRC volunteers have deployed to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, they responded to staff American Red Cross shelters after a landslide and several wildland fires, and they helped local health departments vaccinate children during the H1N1 influenza pandemic.
MRC programs throughout the state will mark this milestone in a variety of ways including participation in a multi-state exercise of their communications and deployment management systems Oct. 15-16. Additionally, the Bear River MRC (formerly the Cache County MRC) will provide a brief overview of the program and its history in conjunction with a presentation to the Brigham City Council 7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 17. MRC leaders and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the program, register new members, and update profiles for existing members.