Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers are essential to support McLean County during the response to and recovery from a disaster. MRC volunteers are trained to support mass dispensing clinics and shelter operations and utilize learned skills including first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
The MRC is a national community-based movement that was established in July 2002 to recruit, train, and mobilize willing members of the community who have the skills, knowledge, and desire to help others in need during a disaster.
McLean County MRC volunteers with medical and non-medical backgrounds have the opportunity to partner with first responders to protect McLean County residents during public health emergencies and disasters.The role of MRC members is to:
- Provide a reserve capacity at the community level to respond to local health needs and priorities,
- Strengthen the community by establishing and maintaining a community-based volunteer system
- Supplement emergency services when a large disaster occurs,
- Utilize the expertise of various health care and support personnel who can assist the existing public health infrastructure during an emergency or disaster.