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Why volunteer?  Because MRC volunteers:

  • Use their knowledge and skills to enhance and preserve public health.
  • Obtain and practice emergency skills through trainings provided by the MRC unit.
  • Learn about disaster medicine and mental health.
  • Are essential in the response to a major public health emergency.

Find the answers to these questions:

Who can volunteer?
What could MRC volunteers do?

How do I become a volunteer?
When do MRC volunteers respond?
What area does the Greater Prince William MRC unit cover?
What training is needed?
Is there liability coverage for MRC volunteers?
Does Prince William MRC keep track of my volunteer hours?
What is the time commitment under non-emergency conditions?
Who will have access to my personal information?
How will I be contacted in an emergency?
How do I sign up?

Who can volunteer?

There are two types of MRC volunteers:

Health care professionals from all health occupations to include practicing and non-practicing. These volunteers include: medical doctors, physician�s assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, EMTs, paramedics, pharmacists, mental health professionals, respiratory therapists, massage therapists, physical therapists, dentists, veterinarians and more.

Support volunteers are just as essential in our ability to respond to a public health emergency. The role of support volunteers varies by the type of incident the MRC is responding to. Support volunteers include: interpreters, administrative support specialists, clergy members, database managers, health educators, mortuary professionals, communications professionals, and more.

Community members older than 16, but who have not yet reached their 18th birthday are welcome to volunteer along with their parent or guardian.

What could MRC Volunteers do?

  • Provide an important surge capacity during a large-scale medical emergency.
  • Assist with mass immunization or preventive medicine distribution clinics.
  • Assist with the management of large communicable disease outbreaks.
  • Assist with the distribution of the Strategic National Stockpile supplies and equipment.
  • Augment medical staff shortages at local medical facilities.
  • Assist with administrative and other essential support functions.
  • Educate the community on emergency preparedness, and public health as a whole.
  • Assist environmental health in preserving water, food, and human safety.
  • Assist veterinary disaster response efforts.
  • Assist community organizations with volunteer support. 

How do I become a volunteer?

Submit a preliminary application online  Once accepted you will receive a welcome letter and sign up information on how to sign up for an orientation.

When do MRC Volunteers respond?

The MRC Coordinator is contacted by the Health Director, health department staff or members of the community requesting the notification of MRC volunteers. During non-emergencies, volunteers are requested for first-aid tents, public health outreach, and other events. Volunteers also respond during emergencies such as an anthrax attack, flu epidemic, flood, hurricane, tornado, chemical spill or explosion, or any event that overwhelms the public health services.

What areas does the PRINCE WILLIAM MRC unit cover?

The unit covers the City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park and Prince William County, including the towns of Dumfries, Occoquan, Quantico, and Haymarket.

What training is needed?

Training is the gateway to serving as a Greater Prince William Medical Reserve Corps volunteer.

In order to fulfill the mission of the MRC and Greater Prince William MRC Unit, it is important that our volunteers become educated about emergency preparedness and response via Core Competencies courses and emergency exercises.

RATIONAL: Core Competencies are a baseline level of knowledge and skills that all Greater Prince William Medical Reserve Corps members should have to be deployed as a Prince William MRC volunteer. These are the minimum standards necessary to ensure a common language and understanding of the Incident Command System/Structure among volunteers and partner organizations. These Core Competencies follow MRC National Standard recommendations.

The MRC general orientation will go through training information. In the meantime, create an account through TRAIN Virginia and start taking the initial competency courses (ICS 100 and ICS 700). These course numbers are listed on the Training Document.

Is there liability coverage for MRC volunteers?

HB 2520 provides liability coverage to MRC volunteers and provides the same coverage as Virginia state employees.  There is additional state and federal legislation that provides protection for volunteers.  At this time volunteers do not have Worker’s Compensation coverage.

Does Greater Prince William MRC keep track of my volunteer hours?

Greater Prince William MRC depends on volunteer hours to help fulfill its commitment and mission. GPWMRC thrives on the active involvement of its volunteers completing training, serving in community outreach events, and participating in Emergency Preparedness and Response exercises and drills. The hours that volunteers are active helps drive benefits such as grant funding for Capacity Building Awards, and more opportunities to reach the underserved areas of our community. These hours are reported to the State MRC, National MRC, and our community on a routine basis.

What is the time commitment under non-emergency conditions?

MRC training has been designed for people with busy lifestyles. Trainings are provided online and in the classroom for the volunteer's convenience.

Within 6 Months of Application

MRC General Orientation

Within the First Year

ICS 100 and ICS 700 (online)

Within the Second  Year

Volunteer may choose two of the following trainings ICS 200, ICS 800, IS 22, TSAO, and Disaster Behavioral Health or substitute training for participation in an exercise/drill.

Within the Third Year

Volunteer may choose two of the following trainings (that have not already been completed in previous years) ICS 200, ICS 800, IS 22, TSAO, Disaster Behavioral Health, CPR/AED, First-Aid or substitute a training for participation in an exercise/drill.

All Following Years

Participation in at least two events, trainings, drills/exercises.

Who will have access to my personal information?

Your local MRC Coordinator and the State Volunteer Coordinator have access to this information for the purpose of your volunteer role. Your personal information will only be provided to your local MRC unit or health district. 

How will I be contacted in an emergency?

You will be notified by your local unit coordinator or emergency planner through the information you provided within your initial application. 

How do I sign up?

By completing the online registration form through Virginia Volunteer Health System.

Last Updated: 12-10-2014

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