Worcester Regional Medical Reserve Corpshttps://archecoalition.org/medical-reserve-corps/
The Worcester Regional Medical Reserve Corps (WRMRC), which became a Federally recognized MRC unit in 2006, is a committed group of volunteers, with medical background (physicians, nurses, EMTs, pharmacists, etc.) or without medical backgrounds (school teachers, security guards, translators, social workers etc.) who keep their communities (see map) safe by responding to public health emergencies to supplement existing resources to the cities and towns in Central MA (Public Health Region 2). Recent events have taught us that all towns and cities need to be ready for anything, including natural disasters, terrorism, and disease. The Worcester Regional MRC was formed to promote public health and safety across Massachusetts Public Health Region 2, in three key areas: 1) Public Health Emergencies: events that threaten public health, such as a disease outbreak or toxic chemical release. 2) Mass Casualty Incidents: disasters that cause injury or threats to large numbers of people. These can include a building collapse, fire, storm, flood, or other event that displaces groups of residents that must be moved to emergency shelters. 3) Community Service Activities: opportunities to foster the well-being of local residents; such as health fairs, blood pressure clinics, or training programs. MRC volunteers are trained and prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities. They function as support for their local emergency preparedness teams, supplementing existing emergency and public health resources and agencies such as fire, police, and ambulance services. They also provide education, outreach and various health services throughout the year. The result is a collaborative effort that is prepared for large scale public health crises. The MRC is not a first responder organizer and the goal is initiate volunteer notification and deployment within hours of a specific event when volunteers are requested.