Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Medical Reserve Corps.
"A community's local response to disaster is dependent on those willing to give of themselves for the good of others."
~ Palm Beach MRC ~
Who can volunteer?
Health professionals - The Medical Reserve Corps needs practicing or retired Florida-licensed health care professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, respiratory therapists, social workers, mental health counselors, health educators, epidemiologists, paramedics/EMTs and veterinarians, to name a few.
Non-health professionals - The Medical Reserve Corps also needs volunteers for key support roles as in greeters, educators, communications, safety, security, clinic flow direction, registration, interpreters, supply management, pet care and chaplain services.
Where will I be volunteering?
There are many areas for volunteering:
Disaster Response Assistance - This assignment may take place in special needs hurricane shelters, in mass prophylaxis drive through dispensing sites, or door-to-door disease investigations as a part of public health teams, for example.
Health Promotion - You may choose to participate in community or health fair screenings, or serve on our mobile medical unit assisting health department staff with outreach clinics.
What are some examples of volunteer activities?
Triaging and registering people in special needs shelters
Distributing anti-virals during drive through medication of the population
Interpreting for people with limited English ability
Administering preventive vaccines
Answering phones in an emergency call center
- Assisting with training
Deland Library Until Help Arrives Class
Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Until Help Arrives Class.
Michelle and Joan practicing with a tourniquet.
Richard and Dawn practicing with a tourniquet.
Susie being placed in the recovery position. Wendy and Aleta.
What are the benefits of volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps?
A sense of satisfaction from helping others in need
Disaster training preparing you in advance for community emergencies
Being part of a dedicated public health and emergency response team
Protection under state liability coverage
- Possible front-line medical and public health volunteers include:
physicians (D.O.) or (M.D.) (e.g., including surgeons, medical specialists)
nurses (e.g., ARNP's, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses)
respiratory care practitioners
emergency medical technicians
public health workers
infectious disease specialists
mental health practitioners (e.g., psychologists, substance abuse counselors, social workers)
other medical and public health professionals
- Possible administrative and other support volunteers include:
administrators and business managers
administrative assistants and office support staff
supply and logistics managers & workers
amateur radio operators
other support personnel