Georgia Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is headquartered in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. There are 966 MRC units with over 201,000 volunteers. Its mission is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers. The MRC is a national network of locally based volunteer groups. These groups build strong, healthy and prepared communities by: Supporting local emergency response efforts/ Working to prepare their communities for emergencies/ Participating in ongoing health activities Examples of MRC activities include: Disaster mental health services/ Pandemic influenza planning/ Routine medical screenings and immunizations/ Health education and Community preparedness activities MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians, Mental health professionals, Epidemiologists and EMTs Other community members who also fill vital support positions include: Interpreters, Chaplains, Office workers, Warehouse workers, Information technology professionals, HAM radio operators, legal advisors and many others.
The Georgia Medical Reserve Corps program is housed under the Georgia Department of Public Health. Georgia has units in Albany, Appling, Atkinson, Augusta, Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Cobb, Coffee, Columbus, Dalton, DeKalb, Fulton, Gainesville, Gwinnett, LaGrange, Macon, Pierce, Savannah and Ware.
For additional information, go to www.medicalreservecorps.gov to locate and contact the MRC unit in your area. To register as a volunteer, go to Georgia's Statewide Emergency Registry of Volunteers-www.SERVGA.gov