What is the MRC?
The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities.The Medical Reserve Corps network consists of approximately 1000 units across the United States.
The NENC MRC is one of nineteen units in the state of North Carolina.
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 improve the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities. Factors such as climate, geography, number and composition of volunteers, sources of hazards, and many other aspects can vary among the units. Therefore, while all units adhere to the mission and principles the Medical Reserve Corps network, individual units are structured and volunteers are trained to meet local needs.
The mission of the NENC MRC is to improve the health and safety of the region by organizing and utilizing public health, medical, and other volunteers.
The NENC MRC was formed to promote public health and safety across the region, in two key areas:
- Public Health and Medical Emergencies - events that threaten public health, such as a disease outbreak or toxic chemical release.
- Community Service Activities - opportunities to foster the well-being of local residents; such as health fairs, blood pressure clinics, or training programs.
How Did the MRC Start?
Following the tragic events that occurred on Sep. 11, 2001, the need for trained personnel to support medical, public health, and emergency operations was realized. Many medical and public health professionals sought to support emergency relief efforts, but there was no organized approach to channel their efforts.
In Jan. 2002, the President of the United States launched the Citizen Corps, to capture the spirit of service that emerged throughout our communities following the terrorist attacks and to help answer two key questions being asked by citizens, “What can I do?” and “How can I help?”.
Citizen Corps programs include Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Fire Corps, and USAonWatch (Neighborhood Watch).
The MRC program provides the structure necessary to deploy medical and public health personnel in response to an emergency, as it identifies specific, trained, credentialed personnel available and ready to respond to emergencies. However, the MRC is not solely an emergency response organization. MRC volunteers also improve the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities outside of emergency situations through preparedness and public health outreach activities.
The Medical Reserve Corps program is administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services, headquartered in the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC), under the Office of the Surgeon General. The MRC is also supported by NACCHO (National Association of County and City Health Officials) through a cooperative agreement with the DCVMRC.
What is the NENC MRC?
The Northeast North Carolina Medical Reserve Corps (NENC MRC) is a collaborative partnership between many agencies in Northeastern North Carolina, including local public health departments, the Greater Albemarle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Greater Pamlico Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, area hospitals, county emergency management, and other regional, state, and national preparedness agencies.
Coordination & Region
The NENC MRC is sponsored and coordinated by five local public health departments, which cover the NENC MRC 13 county region. The local health departments and their counties include: Albemarle Regional Health Services (Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans), Dare County Department of Public Health, Hertford County Public Health Authority, Hyde County Department of Public Health, and the Martin Tyrrell Washington Health District.
The NENC MRC is coordinated by a Director, a Coordinator, and Preparedness Coordinators (PCs) from the five area local public health departments. During the application process, orientation/training, and response/outreach, at least one of these staff members will be in contact with you.
- Ashley Stoop, NENC MRC Director
- Karen Johnson, NENC MRC Coordinator
- Ashley Stoop, ARHS Preparedness Coordinator
- Casey Morris, Dare County Preparedness Coordinator
- Caroline Smith, Hertford County Preparedness Coordinator
- Melissa Sadler, Hyde County Preparedness Coordinator
- Billie Patrick, Martin-Tyrrell-Washington County Preparedness Coordinator
NENC MRC Volunteer Responder Manual / Standard Operating Procedures
A comprehensive look at the operational plan of the NENC MRC as well as guidelines for volunteers can be found in the Manual & SOP document.