Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join MRC?

When a disaster or public health emergency occurs, local resources may be overwhelmed. Only volunteers who have been registered, credentialed, and trained in advance can participate in emergency response efforts. MRC GEM organizes and trains volunteers BEFORE disaster strikes.
We are one of the state’s most active units, meeting monthly (You can come as often or seldom as you like).

  • Meet great people
  • Develop priceless contacts
  • Interesting speakers and field trips
  • Hands-on experience and training
Is a medical background required?

No, we need volunteers with a variety of skills and talents. MRC units have non-medical volunteers who provide education, logistics, communication, coordination and other support. Many positions in the MRC do not require medical skills. All you need to bring is a desire to make a difference in your community.

What is required to become a member?
How many meetings must I attend to maintain membership?

You can join us for training and events as often or seldom as you wish. You choose your level of involvement. We only ask that you agree to do your best to be trained and respond in an emergency if we ask for your help.

What type of assignments can an MRC volunteers expect?
  • Support routine medical screenings & immunizations
  • Provide community health education
  • Help run a mass-dispensing operation (POD) to get needed drugs to those impacted by a disaster (mass prophylaxis).
  • Help with setting up and operating vaccination clinics.
  • Help in shelters during evacuation emergencies.
  • Help set up drive-through pharmacies or medical tents and other related facilities.
What specific roles might we play?
  • Dispense meds.
  • Help clients with paperwork.
  • Direct traffic flow in POD.
  • Assist with disaster first aid, triage
  • Translating/interpreting
Will being an MRC volunteer interfere with my regular job or other community volunteer activities?

Volunteering for non-emergency activities should not conflict with your regular employment or other mandatory obligations to another volunteer organization.

Are there any fees or costs to volunteer?

No. There are no fees, dues or other mandated costs to be an MRC volunteer.

What liability protection is available for volunteers?

The Georgia Department of Public Health has provided an answer to this question and others in this document.