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TMRC seeks medical and non-medical volunteers to assist with emergency preparedness and response efforts. Community members without medical training can assist with administrative and other essential support functions. Volunteers in the MRC program include:

Licensed/Certified Medical Professionals

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
  • Pharmacists
  • Paramedics
  • Physician Assistants
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Veterinarians
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Dentists
  • Epidemiologists
  • Mental Health Professionals/Social Workers

Non-Medical Support Personnel/Community Members

  • Interpreters
  • Chaplains
  • Clerical support
  • Health educators
  • Logistics
  • Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Administrative
  • Animal Care Technicians
  • Personal Care Assistants


Volunteers are at the heart of the MRC. The existence of this nationwide, community-based movement is due to the willingness of volunteers to serve their communities in times of need. Without that generous offer of service, there would be no MRC. Becoming an MRC volunteer provides the opportunity to belong to a group with a strong sense of mission and purpose.

MRC benefits you and your community by:

  • Reinforcing public health and emergency response infrastructures by providng supplemental personnel.
  • Enabling communities to meet specific health needs.
  • Affording the local community more automony by reducing the dependence on state and national resources.
  • Giving community members the opportunity to participate in developing strategies to make their communities healthier and safer.
  • Providing a collaborative atmosphere for information sharing and coordination among partner organizations.
  • Enabling dialogue between emergency management and public health agencies.
  • Supporting national recognition of local public health and emergency reponse efforts.

MRC volunteers train, both online and in classroom settings, in order to improve their skills, knowledge, and abilities. MRC volunteers may also participate in area drills and exercises with community partners to help better prepare for a real event.

In an emergency, local resources get called upon first, sometimes with little or no warning. As a member of your MRC unit, you can be a part of an organized and trained team. You will be ready and able to bolster local emergency planning and response capabilities.

Major emergencies can overwhelm the capabilities of responders, particularly during the first 12-72 hours. Medical and other health volunteers can provide an important "surge" capacity during this critical period. Communities often need medically trained individuals to fill in the gaps in their emergency response plans.

MRC volunteers may find themselves working alongside Red Cross volunteers in a shelter setting supplementing the provision of health services, providing care in an alternative care setting, or staffing a point of dispensing (POD) site providing medical countermeasures to the population.

Individuals with a non-medical background typically serve their community by assisting with administrative and other essential support functions. This might include working in the following areas: administration, transportation, training, supply/logistics, chaplaincy/spiritual care, volunteer management, or communications.

You may also work closely with staff members from the local health department, emergency management agency, hospital, or other organizations, like the Red Cross, that partner with the MRC. In fact, the services that you provide may help these other organizations to meet their mission.

Every attempt will be made to match the skills and license or registration level of the volunteer with their assignment during an emergency response.

Ohio law provides liability protection to registered and trained Ohio Medical Reserve Corps volunteers during local, state or federally declared emergencies, disasters, drills/exercises, and trainings. The Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Emergency Management Association jointly share responsibilities of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) applicable to liability protection for MRC volunteers. The statute also protects a registered volunteer's personal information on the Ohio Responds Database from public disclosure. Review the Ohio Responds Limited Liability Protection document describing the Ohio law.

About us

The Southwest Ohio Public Health Region is a partnership of city and county health districts who work together to prepare for and respond to public health and healthcare emergencies.


⌂ Robin Thomas, RN, BSN

⌂ Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, The Health Collaborative

⌂ 615 Elsinore Place, Suite 500

⌂ Cincinnati, OH 45202

[email protected]

⌂ 513.618.3656

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