WHAT, WHO, WHEN, WHERE, WHY AND HOW
WHAT - The District of Columbia (DC) Medical Reserve Corps (DC MRC) supports the DC Department of Health (DC Health) in its role as lead for public health and medical emergency preparedness, response and recovery by recruiting, training, and deploying medical and non-medical volunteers to assist with planned events and emergencies.
WHO - The DC MRC is open to medical and non-medical volunteers 18 years of age and older. Whether you are retired, active in your profession, a community member, or a student, we need your assistance in the DC MRC. You will receive free training and other benefits for being a DC MRC volunteer.
WHEN - Whenever there is an emergency, public health or community activity, or a special event in the District of Columbia, we call upon our DC MRC volunteers to assist. You could be asked to assist on weekends, late at night or first thing in the morning.
WHERE – DC Volunteers may be deployed to events on the National Mall, to a District recreation center serving as a point of dispensing (POD) or shelter, or to a public health or outreach event in the community. If requested, DC MRC volunteers may also be deployed outside of the DC metropolitan area to support another jurisdiction during an emergency.
WHY – We need our DC MRC volunteers to:
- Support medical countermeasures (MCM) distribution and dispensing activities.
- Build community resilience through outreach and public education on public health emergency preparedness.
- Provide medical screening and support in mass care settings.
- Provide assistance with planned and unplanned public health activities.
- Assist with patient tracking at planned events.
HOW – By signing up to be a DC MRC volunteer, you will gain valuable emergency preparedness knowledge and experience though training, exercises, and real-world events. You will train and work alongside other DC government agencies, federal partners, non-governmental agencies, and community partners. Your participation in the DC MRC will help to ensure that DC Health is prepared to serve the District of Columbia during emergencies that impact public health.