The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of over 200,000 volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. Volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds.
Geary County, Pottawatomie County, and Riley County collaborate to make up the Wildcat Regional Unit.
Mission: Empower and engage citizens in forming a volunteer network to enhance emergency preparedness and community health in the Wildcat Region (Geary County, Pottawatomie County, and Riley County), which is integrated into established community emergency systems to facilitate a coordinated approach to volunteer management.
Vision: Educate, train, and utilize medical and non-medical volunteers who support improving emergency preparedness and public health in the Wildcat Region.
Identify, credential, train, and prepare volunteers before an emergency or disaster
Respond to medical emergencies that threaten the community’s health
Respond to disasters that cause injury or threats to the public
Provide mental health support for the community during disaster and recovery
Support regional public health efforts by providing volunteer opportunities during non-emergencies
Following the events of September 11, 2001, it became clear that there was no method for coordinating the services of thousands of well-meaning volunteers who showed up at disaster scenes wanting to help. There was no mechanism for checking credentials and assigning volunteers where they could do the most good, and no pre-planning to ensure their safety. These volunteers had not been trained to work effectively as a team while interacting with other agencies at the scene. In fact, the presence of unidentified care providers created numerous problems that put trained rescuers at risk.
The Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (OSG) announced the formation of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program in 2002. The overall goal of the national initiative is to establish teams of local volunteer medical professionals and laypersons to contribute their skills and expertise during times of community need, such as an influenza pandemic, a chemical spill or an act of terrorism. Volunteers also provide community health education and outreach throughout the year.
We need both Medical and Non-medical Volunteers
☐ Level one (1) volunteers are considered active members; meaning they will be active during emergencies and non-emergencies. Level 1 members are required yearly to volunteer (4) four non-emergency hours, attend one meeting, and participate in one additional training or exercise.
☐ Level two (2) volunteers are considered reserve members; meaning they will only be active in an emergency.
General member or specialty team member
Volunteers have the option to join one of the following specialty teams:
☐ General Team Member- no additional training required
☐ First Aid Team – CPR/First Aid training and certification required
☐ Mental Health Team- Psychological First Aid (PFA) training and certification required
Medical or Non-Medical
☐ Medical Volunteer- Licensed Kansas medical and mental health professionals
☐ Non-Medical- Any volunteer who does not hold a medical or mental health license
Opportunities for volunteers to get involved in community health and emergency preparedness. Free training is also provided.
Volunteers are expected to provide their own transportation and costs to volunteer opportunities
Wildcat Region Medical Reserve Corps.
Office 785-776-4779 ext. 7672