Medical Reserve Corps
Although the MRC volunteers are ready to respond to disasters or emergencies, part of the MRC program's mission is to foster disaster preparedness. MRC volunteers are also called to help even when there is no emergency. During non-emergency times, MRC volunteers strengthen the overall health of communities by participating in general public health initiatives such as flu vaccination clinics, diabetes detection programs, and disaster risk reduction efforts. To better serve our community, the Wayne County MRC has several functional teams, called "Mission Ready Packages," that specialize in particular areas of need. Our members are welcome to join one or more teams that interest them. Individual MRPs may have additional training requirements in order to serve; those requirements will be communicated when you sign up for a team. Currenlty, we have the following Mission Ready Packages:
- Community Health Outreach
- Community Preparedness
- Family Assistance & Reunification
- First Aid
- Mental Health & Spiritual Welfare
- Pet Welfare
- Special & Functional Needs Outreach
- Special Projects
Applying to the Wayne County Medical Reserve Corps is easy!
- Complete the online Volunteer Application (or download a printable application).
- Create a profile on the Michigan Volunteer Registry. During the application process, the registry is used to conduct a background check and healthcare license verification (if applicable). Ongoing, the Michigan Volunteer Registry system is utilized as the primary means of notifying volunteers of an emergency deployment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of volunteers are you looking for?
While "medical" is in our name, the Wayne County Medical Reserve Corps is looking for a variety of individuals - both within and outside of the medical field. We need practicing or retired Michigan-licensed healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, respiratory therapists, social workers, mental health counselors, health educators, epidemiologists, paramedics/EMTs, and veterinarians to name a few. Equally important, we also need volunteers for support roles such as logistics, administration, greeters, educators, communications, safety, security, registration, interpreters, pet care, and chaplain services.
How many people will be needed?
This will depend on the size and scope of the emergency and the needs of the community. If, for example, the entire population of Wayne County should need to be vaccinated, hundreds of volunteers would be needed to staff the dispensing sites. The Wayne County MRC is striving to recruit as many qualified people as possible so that if any kind of emergency occurs the volunteers would already be registered, credentialed, and trained for service as needed.
What kind of tasks will I be assigned?
Just as the number of volunteers we need depend on the size and scope of the emergency, the types of jobs that need to be done can also vary widely. We make every effort to match volunteers' skills and interests with existing needs. After your membership application is accepted, you will be assigned to or trained for an appropriate role based on your qualifications and interests. You will never be asked to perform a function which exceeds your scope of knowledge, skills, abilities, or comfort level.
Am I required to report for duty at the time of an emergency even if my employer needs me or I have family commitments?
As an MRC volunteer, you should expect to be called to help in an emergency. You should be as prepared as possible, and make plans for your family, too, so that you are available to help. However, work and family commitments are understood. We hope you will plan ahead and be prepared to assist your community with the MRC should an emergency occur. Ultimately, it will be your choice. Should you need to turn down a mission request, it will not impact your status with the MRC. You will be called again the next time we activate.
What kind of training will I receive?
The Wayne County Medical Reserve Corps has three (3) required classes you will need to complete before you become "deployable." The required courses are free and provided online. Depending on which functional team (Mission Ready Package) you join, you may have to take additional training. Also, optional training opportunities covering a variety of preparedness and response topics are provided and are strongly encouraged.
Does acceptance for membership in the Wayne County Medical Reserve Corps legally obligate me to volunteer in an emergency?
No. Your service with the MRC is voluntary and you are not legally obligated to assist in an emergency or any other situation. At the time an emergency occurs, you may be alerted or called and asked to volunteer. The decision you make at that time is up to you.
What will be my length of volunteer commitment to the Wayne County MRC?
There is no specific required length of service. We expect your participation to be determined by your availability and interest, but hope that you will serve for at least one year.
I am a member of another volunteer response team, can I still join the Wayne County MRC?
We do not prohibit volunteers from belonging to more than one volunteer organization, such as their community's CERT program. It is important that each volunteer, however, inform the unit coordinator of any affiliations that will take precedence over their commitment to the Wayne County MRC.
Tim Mautz, BS, MFR, PEM
Deputy Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Wayne County Department of Health, Human & Veterans Services
Public Health Division - Emergency Preparedness Unit
33030 Van Born Rd., Wayne, MI 48184