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Yes! There is a wide variety of MRC workers. Healthcare professionals are always needed, but non-healthcare professionals can provide valuable help, too. If you are older than 18 and in good health, contact your local MRC unit today.
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The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a group of locally organized healthcare and non-healthcare volunteers working to strengthen the health and safety of communities. The goal of the MRC is to identify, credential, train, and prepare volunteers before a natural disaster or incident. The MRC believes that prepared communities lead to prepared states, which creates a prepared nation.
Kansas MRC units participate in a wide range of activities. No two KS MRC units are exactly the same! Here is a random sampling of just some of the activities that KS MRC is involved in:
The time commitment is minimal. We ask that you participate in unit activities when you are available. Most units hold meetings throughout the year to keep volunteers up-to-date with current activities. Additionally, there is the need to stay current with any required unit trainings.
There are several ways to apply to join a unit:
Consider starting your own unit! Visit the national MRC website - this will give you plenty of tips and hints about starting a unit.
Feel free to contact Kansas MRC coordinators for helpful advice.
No. The KS MRC is strictly a volunteer organization. Any time that you are willing to give will be appreciated.
Each Kansas MRC units should have responsibility for providing liability coverage. Make sure to check with the local unit coordinator to see what their policy is for liability coverage.
The Kansas System for the Early Registration of Volunteers (K-SERV) is an online tool for volunteer management. Volunteers who are interested in responding to a natural disaster or public health emergency can register in the website. Healthcare professionals who register will have the credentials verified. K-SERV is not a volunteer group or organization. It is simply meant to be a tool to assist volunteer organizations, like the MRC.
MRC units are beginning to use K-SERV as their volunteer management system. If you are interested in joining the Medical Reserve Corps, consider registering in K-SERV.
The Kansas Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps is a specialized Kansas Medical Reserve Corps unit. They are a state-wide team that provides assistance for animals during an incident response. The KVMRC only accepts veterinarians and veterinary technicians as members of their team. If you are a licensed animal health professional, consider joining the KVMRC.