The MRC Volunteer Newsletter
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Whether an emergency is caused by disease outbreak, wildfire, severe weather, earthquake or terrorist act, would you know what to do to help protect yourself and your family?
Albany County Medical Reserve Corps
Volunteers working to protect you, your family and our community.
The Albany County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) enhances the County’s emergency preparedness efforts by ensuring that a trained group of healthcare professionals and community volunteers are ready to assist the County in response to a public health emergency.
In the event of a major disease outbreak or bio-terrorism event, the Albany County Department of Health, in conjunction with community partners, is preparing to open multiple Point of Dispensing (POD) sites throughout the County. These POD sites will serve to distribute medications or vaccinations to large segments of the County’s population.
Medical Reserve Corp members, both clinical and non-clinical will be key in staffing the POD sites. Non-clinical volunteers will perform administrative support roles such as registration, data entry, language translation, crowd control, and assisting with special needs residents. Clinical volunteers would be integrated with Department of Health staff to conduct medically appropriate tasks.
Who Should Register to Be an MRC Member?
The Albany County Medical Reserve Corp is looking for licensed medical professionals, including:Physicians/Physician’s Assistants, Nurses—NP, RN, LPN, Dentists, Pharmacists, Veterinarians, Paramedics, Mental Health Professionals, Respiratory Therapists, Epidemiologists, and Social Workers.
In addition, we are looking for community members without medical training to play a vital role as interpreters, administrative assistants, educators, inventory/supply, management, data entry, and other roles as identified.
Training and Drills
As a member of the Albany County Medical Reserve Corp you will receive regular updates regarding upcoming training opportunities, drills, and a quarterly volunteer newsletter. In addition, we conduct quarterly phone drills using an automated phone system to test our volunteer notification and activation process. Attendence at trainings and drills is encouraged but not required.
Are You Ready to Join the Albany County MRC?
Thank you for your interest in joining the Albany County MRC. You can register online through the New York State Department of Health’s Volunteer Program. Once we receive your registration form, you will be sent an official MRC Welcome packet and begin receiving regular communications regarding trainings, drills, and other important MRC information.