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The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps of Kansas City (MRCKC) is to recruit, train, and utilize medical and non-medical volunteers to support local public health and emergency management agencies throughout the Greater Kansas City area during large-scale disasters, public health emergencies, and other times of community need.
Volunteers with all types of skills and/or credentials are needed to help prepare our community:
- Physicians Assistants
- Data Entry/Medical Records Personnel
- Pharmacists/Pharmacy Technicians
- Individuals for traffic control and parking
- Individuals for crowd control
- Translators (multiple languages including sign language)
- EMT skills
- Information Technology
- Clinical professionals and/or students who are willing to be trained & assist with immunizations
- General volunteers to assist with directing patients, registration, filling forms, answering phones, etc.
MRCKC members are trained to understand local plans and protocols for treating patients or administering medicines, responding to disasters, and staffing shelters for special needs populations.
The MRC was founded after President Bush's 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. It is a partner program with Citizen Corps , a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Citizen Corps, along with AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Peace Corps are part of the President's USA Freedom Corps , which promotes volunteerism and service nationwide.
MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources.
MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Many community members--interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors, and others--can fill key support positions.
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