The Manasota Medical Reserve Corps is a team of pre-identified, trained, and credentialed volunteers who augment local community health and medical services during disasters and other public health activities. These volunteers include physicians, nurses, dentists, veterinarians, pharmacists, other health and medical professionals, as well as non-medical volunteers who are willing to support the MRC in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.
Many medical and health volunteers offered their skills after the September 11, 2001, attacks. These attacks underscored the need for a more organized approach to using medical and health volunteers during an emergency. It also became clear that without coordinated training, credentialing and support, volunteers can initially hinder the response and/or put themselves in danger. It is critical to prepare volunteers prior to an emergency response effort.
The Medical Reserve Corps stands ready to respond to community health emergencies in a structured way. MRC volunteers are called upon to serve alongside of public health, medical, and emergency services professionals at emergency first-aid stations, in hurricane shelters, in mass dispensing of medication/vaccination operations, or in disease outbreak investigations, to name a few examples