Kansas Medical Reserve Corps

Purpose / Responsibilities

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers-healthcare professionals and others-who want to contribute their skills and expertise to the community. MRC units are intended to support, assist and supplement the resources of the existing public health, medical and emergency response systems.

During emergencies, MRC volunteers may provide an important "surge" capability to area hospitals and public health departments.  They can also augment medical and support staff shortages at local medical or emergency facilities.  The number of MRC units nationwide has increased significantly since the program's beginnings, from 48 in 2002 to over 800 today.


The Kansas MRC has 8 Medical Reserve Corps units located throughout Kansas, including one state-wide Kansas Veterinary MRC unit. However, all units have one thing in common: a desire to work to create safe, healthy, and prepared Kansas communities.

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