The System for Emergency Response Volunteers in Kansas is a web-based alerting, management, and credentialing system used by the Kansas Department of Health and Kansas Medical Reserve Corps Unit Leaders for the management of volunteers who desire to support public health activities and emergencies.
SERV-KS improves the efficiency of volunteer deployment and utilization by verifying in advance the credentials of volunteer healthcare professionals. This pre-registration and pre-verification of potential volunteers enhance the state's ability to quickly and efficiently send and receive appropriate health professionals as needed to assist with an emergency response.
SERV-KS is open to volunteers of all backgrounds, not just healthcare professionals. During an incident, a wide variety of volunteers and skillsets will be needed, such as emergency management, interpreters, or security. If you are interested in volunteering to help Kansans, register today. Everyone is welcome to join, regardless of their profession.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
User Manuals will be added as they become available:
SERV-KS is the Kansas implementation of a national program called the Emergency System for the Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals, or ESAR-VHP. ESAR-VHP is a federally mandated program for states that receive the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant funds. Each state is required to comply with the ESAR-VHP guidelines but has flexibility with the system implementation and development.
To learn more about the federal ESAR-VHP program, visit the HHS ESAR-VHP website.
SERV-KS is the primary tool for volunteer management for Kansas Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) Units. Unit Coordinators are working to enroll their volunteers into the program. If you are interested in joining a Kansas MRC Unit, please visit the Kansas Medical Reserve Corps page.