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About the Maryland Responds MRC

In the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks, thousands of Americans volunteered their skills and talents to assist the community. Many more asked, “What can I do to help?” In 2002, the Medical Reserve Corps program was established to organize community volunteer efforts to respond to public health emergencies. The MRC program is a partner program with Department of the Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps and is headquartered in the Office of the Surgeon General at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a statewide network of dedicated Responders who stand ready to volunteer their skills, expertise and time to support ongoing public health initiatives and assist during emergencies throughout Maryland. The Maryland Responds MRC Network is composed of the State Program, which is housed within the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), Office of Preparedness and Response (OP&R) and 24 County Units that are organized locally. MDRMRC administrators work together to identify, screen, and prepare Maryland Responders for deployment.

Vision

Strong and collaborative network of MDRMRC Units in every county in Maryland that consist of dedicated volunteers who build resilient communities and reduce disaster risks for a prepared Maryland.

Mission

Establish a statewide volunteer network of medical and public health professionals which is integrated into established community emergency systems to facilitate a coordinated approach to volunteer management.

Goal

Enhance Maryland’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities by augmenting county- and state-level public health and medical services with a source of pre-identified, credentialed and trained volunteers.

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