VOLUNTEERING WITH TRICOUNTY MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN A CRISIS
What is the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)?
MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers. These volunteers include medical professionals and other non-medical individuals who want to help prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources.
When and Why was the MRC enacted?
The MRC was founded after the 9/11 attacks when thousands of spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers showed up to help. During President George W. Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address he enacted the MRC and asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. It is a partner program with Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security.
Anyone Can Volunteer!
Protecting the health and safety of nearly 60,000 people within a 8,500 square mile area requires a substantial amount of effort. TriCounty Health Department develops programs and testing plans to protect its citizens during a public health crisis. When faced with a public health emergency, every helping hand can make a difference in reducing illness and saving lives.
The TriCounty Medical Reserve Corps is always seeking volunteers to help make Daggett, Duchesne and Uintah Counties healthier and better prepared in the event of major disaster. Volunteers don’t need a medical background or any special skills to be a part of the MRC, just a willingness to help in a time of need. Unpredictable acts of man or nature can quickly impact our community and could possibly overwhelm our health care system. During times of crisis, the MRC plays a critical role in helping to keep our health care system running smoothly by meeting the needs of not only tri-county area residents, but also persons who may be temporarily relocated to our area during a disaster elsewhere.
MRC volunteers come from many different walks of life. Their common bond is their willingness to serve during a time of need. MRC volunteers receive free training to support public health and other first responders during a health crisis.