|Disaster can strike at any time. Would you be willing to help your community prepare for and respond to such emergencies? If so, you can become an essential part of “A Prepared Maryland” by registering as an MD Responds volunteer.
MD Responds is the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) for the State of Maryland. The MRC is a nation-wide network of volunteer programs like MD Responds that respond to local emergencies and ongoing public health efforts. MD Responds, previously known as the Maryland Professional Volunteer Corps, is administered by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), Office of Preparedness and Response (OPR).
The MD Responds MRC consists of health care professionals and community members ready to assist with disaster and emergency response and recovery during a declared emergency. MD Responds coordinates the recruitment, training, activation, and retention of practicing and retired physicians, nurses and other health professionals, as well as citizens who are eager to address their community's ongoing public health needs and to help during large-scale emergencies.
MD Responds volunteers may deliver a variety of necessary public health services during a crisis, including providing care directly to individuals seeking medical attention at state relief shelters. Volunteers may also serve a vital role by assisting their communities with ongoing public health needs (e.g., immunizations, screenings, health and nutrition education, volunteering in community health centers and local hospitals).
Membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age. New volunteers are required to complete the MD Responds Volunteer Orientation Training and should be able and willing to assist in the event of an emergency, participate in annual exercises and drills, and support ongoing public health outreach projects.
Join the MD Responds team today!
As an MD Responds volunteer, you will...
- Gain access to a comprehensive emergency response and preparedness training program, both on-site and Web-based, which will enhance your ability to respond effectively.
- Be protected by the State of Maryland workers' compensation and liability coverage during activations.
- Be able to create a personalized volunteer profile in the Web-based MD Responds system.
- Have the opportunity to make a difference in your community.
To become an MD Responds Volunteer, register online at:
Additional MD Responds Resources and Contact Info:
Mailing Address: 300 W. Preston Street, Suite 202, Baltimore, MD 21201
Dorothy Sheu, MPHMD Responds MRC Program Assistant