Gloucester County’s ability to respond to public health emergencies is strengthened with the support of volunteers. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national program that is managed locally by Gloucester County. Emergency Preparedness Nurses and Health Educators provide training to community and professional volunteers so that they are able to efficiently respond in a public health emergency. The MRC program is designed to help identify and register individuals who are willing to respond to public health emergencies in and around Gloucester County. Through this program, the State of New Jersey identifies individuals with special expertise who are available for consultation or response throughout the state. These special response teams are a valuable state asset in the response efforts.
What does the MRC do?
The MRC is a volunteer organization throughout the United States that is utilized in response efforts. Volunteers work alongside public health staff during Influenza clinics, outreach events, exercises and are asked to respond during a public health emergency.
How do I register?
Registration is only a few clicks away. Click onto REGISTER NOW and complete the “Online Application”. Next to Gloucester County Medical Reserve Corps, select either Healthcare Professional or Community Volunteer and complete the form. After your application is reviewed you will recieve an email with additional information.
If you need further information about the MRC contact (856) 218-4106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How often does the MRC meet?
Meetings are approximately 2 hours long and take place at least quarterly. Orientation trainings are offered twice a year for new or newer MRC volunteers. Exercises are held at least annually and may be up to 4 hours long. Communications with the MRC are tested at least annually so it is important to keep your contact information current.
What is expected of me as a volunteer?
We understand how valuable your time is. The Gloucester County Department of Health greatly appreciates all our volunteers that are willing to dedicate themselves to serve our fellow residents. Click on the MRC handbook above to get more detailed information on your responsibilities and the code of conduct as a Gloucester County MRC volunteer.
Recommended trainings for MRC volunteers
NJ has adopted the federal standards or core curriculum for MRC volunteers. In addition, the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services partnered with Rutgers University to standardize and maintain training records. The following chart is a list of the core curriculum, or recommended courses, for MRC volunteers.
(Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear &
Structure - 700
|Introduction to Public
||Psychological First Aid
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) www.citizencorps.gov/cc/showCouncil.do?id=45225
American Red Cross, Gloucester County Chapter http://www.arcgloucesterco.org/
County Animal Response Team (CART) www.state.nj.us/agriculture/divisions/ah/prog/cart.html