Recruitment for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will be community based and managed. The MRC seeks volunteers from various professional and non-professional backgrounds, including medical and non-medical, behavioral, public health, and support staff. The MRC will offer flexibility and allow volunteers to choose their desired level of participation and commitment.
The Geauga County MRC will be incorporated into the local Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) through the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). All emergency and disaster related functions of the MRC would be initiated through the EOC. The MRC will enhance and improve the emergency medical response capacity in the community. The program will enhance the region’s ability to respond to either a natural hazard or a terrorism event and be the designated volunteer corps utilized to provide surge capacity during public health emergencies. For example, responses could include mass vaccination or dispensing clinics; alternate care and/or triage facilities. With pre-planning, pre-identification of treatment sites, and pre-identified, certified, and trained volunteers, a safe, rapid, and effective response will be available in a major emergency or disaster.