Local or national disasters can affect Delaware County at any time, join the Delaware County Medical Reserve Corps (DC-MRC) to help prepare and educate the community about what they can do to be prepared before a disaster occurs!
Here is your opportunity! The training you will receive will help prepare you to assist during a disaster; you decide your level of commitment! Don’t just sit there and watch and wonder what you can do during a disaster. Stand up and help those in greatest need, with this opportunity to serve.
There is something for everyone - both medical and non-medical volunteers are needed to assist your community, during a disaster.
The DC-MRC is comprised of licensed health and medical professionals, including nurses, nurse practitioners, veterinarians, pharmacists, doctors, chiropractors, physician assistants, dentists, mental health professionals, and others. Along with this are non-medical volunteers who will assist and support county efforts.
The Delaware County MRC program collaborates with emergency management, emergency medical services, hospital-based services, medical providers and is coordinated through the Delaware General Health District.
Major emergencies and disasters involving injury or disease to large numbers of people can overwhelm full-time emergency response personnel within the first 12 to 72 hours. Volunteers can provide an important "surge" capacity during these critical early hours and supplement medical and health personnel shortages. Volunteers assist by working in alternative care site shelters, by brining order during emergency situations, distributing medical supplies, and overall supporting the health related needs of the community.
The MRC helps fill these gaps with volunteers who've been organized, trained, assigned and pre-credentialed to assist where their expertise is best applied.
The application process requires volunteers to supply personal information including your employment history, education and training, as well as information about your interests, availability and commitment to MRC. In addition a criminal background check may be performed and any medical licenses will be verified.
When completing the application, it will shorten the length of time it if you have all pertinent information such as license or certification numbers available, as well as information on education or training you have completed.
If you are interested in participating in our disaster relief efforts, we welcome you to register as soon as possible.