Who Can Be A Volunteer?

Health Professionals


ALL community members over 18 years of age can serve as NENC MRC Volunteer Responders! We welcome any community member - including those with medical training and those who have non-medical backgrounds - who desire to be an active part of community preparedness and response activities.

Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, epidemiologists and paramedics are just a sampling of the medical community who are NENC members.

Clergy, interpreters, sign language interpreters, administrative assistants, volunteer coordinators and ALL other members of our community are also encouraged to become a part of the NENC MRC.

I'm a health care professional, why should I join?

All health care professionals are welcome to join. Whether you are a nurse or an EMT, doctor or pharmacist, any health care professional can play a role.

In the wake of 9/11 health care professionals wanted to volunteer their time, but had limited outlets. Following Hurricane Katrina, non-licensed, unqualified people went to Louisiana and claimed to be health care professionals. Well meaning, spontaneous volunteers have arrived at the scenes of disasters, only to create problems and liabilities for emergency responders, who already had their hands full.

The MRC provides a structured mechanism for health care professionals to be pre-verified, trained, and involved in the case of emergencies.

Does being an NENC MRC Volunteer Responder conflict with my job?

What if... I am away from the area, need to be with family, cannot respond when called... Is response mandatory?

Your first priority is always your job / primary affiliation. Volunteer responders are just that - voluntary - and are never required to respond in an emergency situation.

As a part of the NENC MRC training, you will be given the tools and training to help you and your family personally prepare for an emergency. Many volunteer responders are family members and friends. By joining the NENC MRC together, you have the opportunity to prepare yourselves for emergencies and also have the fun of working together as a team.

I'm NOT a health professional, can I still volunteer?

Sun SafetyAbsolutely! Whether you are a carpenter or electrician, homemaker or retiree, there is a place for you in the NENC MRC.

Non-medical volunteers include veterinarians, clerical workers, interpreters, clergy, construction workers, electricians, community members, and MANY more!

Non-medical volunteers serve a variety of vital roles in emergency response and community outreach - from shelter logistics and feeding to health education.

What Can Volunteers Do?

Emergency Response

Food DeliveryDuring times of emergency, volunteers with medical and non-medical skills are needed for community support and medical surge.

Community Support
(emergency worker feeding and care, and shelter assistance)

During emergency situations, non-medically trained volunteers serve vital roles. Some examples of ways you can volunteer include logistical support in shelters, serving food to those in need, etc.

Health professionals can help care for and support emergency workers returning from the field.

Medical Surge
(such as shift relief, backfill at hospitals, disease outbreak investigation, mass prophylaxis, and mass immunization)

In times of emergency, local response capacities may be strained and supplies may be quickly depleted.

MRC Volunteers can help supplement (also called "medical surge") the overtaxed capacity of local health care workers through providing shift relief for health care/emergency professionals, and helping to distribute vaccinations, medicines, or other supplies to large numbers of community members in need.

Lets Move

Community Outreach/Service

Fortunately, emergencies and disasters do not happen every day. Volunteers stay involved throughout the year through non-emergency public health outreach to the community.

Some examples of community outreach include health fairs, conducting health assessments and blood pressure checks, providing vaccinations in flu clinics.

Volunteers also serve important roles by educating the community.

You can help others in your community prepare for emergency situations by teaching them about emergency and disaster preparedness. As an NENC MRC Volunteer Responder, we will teach you skills to be ambassadors to your community.

NENC MRC Volunteer Responders also help to educate their community about general non-disaster/emergency public health issues, too.

Where Do Volunteers Serve?

NENC MRC volunteer responders may serve in their own counties, in any or all of the 13 counties in the NENC MRC region, and even in statewide or national events.

MRC volunteers have responded to emergency events, not only in their own area, but also statewide and nationally.

Wherever you choose to serve, the choice is yours. On the NENC MRC Volunteer Responder Interest Form , you can select where you prefer to serve. You are free to change your preference at any time.