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The mission of the Washington County Medical Reserve Corps is to improve the health and safety of residents of Washington County by providing a framework for local volunteers who have medical, public health and other essential emergency response skills to contribute their time and expertise during public health emergency and non-emergency functions and initiatives throughout the year.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was created in 2002 in response to the 2001 terrorist attacks. The MRC is designed to bring together practicing and retired healthcare professionals from a diversity of fields, including physicians, nurses, hospital and public health workers, mental health experts, veterinarians, and other medical professions. In addition, volunteers without a background in medical training are needed. Nationally, The MRC network comprises nearly 1,000 community-based units and almost 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories.
These professionals, working together with the non-medical volunteers, comprise the MRC, which supplements existing "first responder" emergency systems. The Washington County MRC was created in 2004 by Washington County Public Health and Environment (WCPHE) to support a broad spectrum of public and environmental health initiatives as well as emergency preparedness.
The Washington County MRC has more than 100 volunteers. We are one of 42 MRC units in Minnesota with nearly 10,000 volunteers statewide.
Examples of disasters and threats that could require mobilizing and deployment of MRC volunteers include:
- Biological and chemical threats
- Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
- Radiological Emergencies
- Natural disasters, such as tornadoes and flooding