Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
“Volunteers Building Strong, Healthy, and Prepared Communities”
The mission of the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to establish and maintain teams of active and retired medical professionals, public health professionals, and community volunteers to serve the citizens of Lake County during emergencies and community events.
What is the Lake County MRC?
The Lake County MRC is a volunteer group that brings medical and non-medical professionals together in support of local public health. Volunteers are trained and credentialed prior to the disaster to provide rapid response where needed. A key function of the MRC is to provide members with specialized training and preparation.
Who is eligible to join the MRC?
We are looking for licensed medical professionals who can provide basic support services during emergencies, events, exercises, and drills. This includes but is not limited to: licensed medical professionals, non-licensed volunteers with medical backgrounds, mental health professionals, public health professionals, and community volunteers. Anyone can help!
What training is needed to become an MRC volunteer?
No training is required, although newly registered MRC volunteers are strongly encouraged to participate in training opportunities. Volunteers are encouraged to take online ICS (Incident Command System) 100 and 700 introductory courses to understand operations during an emergency situation. These courses are taken online at http://www.training.fema.gov.
Is there liability protection available for MRC volunteers?
Yes. Ohio Revised Code 5502.281 and 3701.04 provides liability protection to registered Ohio MRC volunteers during local, state or federally declared emergencies, disasters, drills and trainings. The statute also exempts a registered volunteer’s personal information on the Ohio MRC Database from public disclosure. This protection does not include the provision of any court fees, nor does it cover workman’s compensation.
How does the registration process work?
For volunteers who want to join the Lake County MRC unit, contact the unit coordinator to set up an orientation:
Catherine Hewitt, MRC Coordinator
Lake County General Health District
5966 Heisley Road
Mentor, OH 44060
Phone (440) 350-2442
The orientation will be 45-60 minutes and you will need to complete registration forms, register on Ohio Responds, and have a photo taken for a volunteer ID badge.
Other Related Links: