What does the West Texas Medical Reserve Corps Do?
The mission of the West Texas Medical Reserve Corps is to enhance the regional response capabilities in the event of an emergency, disaster or disease outbreak by providing a coordinated response using locally recruited medical, behavioral health, public health, and health support volunteers. The Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will also work to improve the overall health preparedness and well-being of the region.
- Identify, train, and credential volunteers to assist in response to disasters, whether natural or manmade.
- Utilize the MRC members to educate the community on all-hazards preparedness.
- Identify opportunities for members to assist in response activities for local emergencies or events.
What can MRC Volunteers Do?
Support local public health initiatives, while advancing the priorities of the Surgeon General:
- Promoting disease prevention
- Improving health literacy
- Eliminating health disparities
- Enhancing public health preparedness
Assist local hospitals and health departments with surge personnel needs.
Participate in community preparedness, activities, such as exercises for shelters, mass prophylaxis, vaccination clinics, and other emergency scenarios.
Train with local emergency response partners.
The MRC Volunteers must be willing to:
- Work as a team member.
- Fill out all necessary applications.
- Register on the Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry.
- Permit licensure, credentialing and background checks as requested.
- Participate in required/ recommended training and submit certificates of attendance.
- Attend scheduled meetings and trainings.
- Participate in community events.
- Respond in a timely manner to event notifications.
- Update contact information as necessary.