Emergency Preparedness

The Chickahominy Health District Emergency Preparedness and Response team is responsible for public health disaster planning throughout Charles City, Goochland County, Hanover County, and New Kent County. Our mission is to effectively respond to any emergency impacting public health through preparation, collaboration, education and rapid intervention. The Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs involve state, regional and local emergency response partners working together to enhance readiness to respond to bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, weather related events, and other public health emergencies. Funding to support these efforts is provided through grants from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Health Resources Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit readyvirginia.gov!



For information on volunteering with the Chickahominy Medical Reserve Corps click here!

Contact Information:

Steve Rykal
Emergency Coordinator
Chickahominy Health District
Office: 804.365.4345
Fax: 804.365.4355

Chickahominy Medical Reserve Corps

The Chickahominy MRC Mission

To sustain a community-based volunteer organization which provides education to the public on health and safety; and to support the Chickahominy Health District in emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response.

About the Chickahominy MRC

Chickahominy Medical Reserve Corps promotes a partnership between professional emergency personnel and the people they serve. If a disaster overwhelms or delays a community’s professional emergency response, Chickahominy MRC volunteers may assist by applying the response and organizational skills they learned during training.

Chickahominy MRC volunteers maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. Supplemental training is offered live and on-line to further their skills.  Members can volunteer for projects that improve community emergency preparedness.

The goal is to train members, both medical professionals and other volunteers, in response skills. These skills can help save and sustain lives following any disaster or emergency in our area.

Volunteer Activities:

  • Assist with all hazards
  • Practice drills for readiness
  • Immunization clinics/Shot campaigns
  • Educational Presentations and Events
  • Support Existing Health Organizations
  • Coordinate with other agencies

Volunteers Will Gain:

  • Emergency Skills
  • Emergency Practice
  • Valuable Health Information
  • Networking and Event Opportunities
  • Chance to Support Their Community
  • Work With Other Health Professionals/Agencies
  • Personal/Family Preparedness Information


  • An application
  • Copy of your license if applicable
  • Up-to-date contact information on file
  • Orientation Training
  • Identification
  • Personal Preparedness (you can’t help others if you are not available)

You do not have to be a medical professional to participate!  We need your help!  To find out more visit www.vamrc.org.