Information For New Members

The Medical Reserve Corps is a network in the U.S. of community-based units initiated and established by local organizations to meet the public health needs of their communities. It is sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The MRC consists of medical and non-medical volunteers who contribute to local health initiatives, such as activities meeting the Surgeon General's priorities for public health, and supplement existing response capabilities in time of emergency. The MRC provides the structure necessary to pre-identify, credential, train, and activate medical and public health volunteers. Simply stated, these volunteers are passionate, motivated individuals.
MRC GEM is the Georgia East Metro Health District Medical Reserve Corps, Inc. We are a non-profit corporation serving the health and emergency preparedness needs of Georgia's Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale Counties. We work closely with local health departments, emergency managers, and homeland security. A part of the USA Freedom Corps, created by the President in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the MRC program is guided by the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). Our stated mission is to augment existing community health operations during large-scale emergencies, aid in response to pressing health care needs, and improve community emergency preparedness. MRC GEM is comprised of medical and non-medical volunteers, and led by an all-volunteer Director and management team.
  • Assist with response to epidemics and pandemics, such as COVID-19
  • Conduct and/or attend local training and MRC networking opportunities
  • Support mass public shelter operations including medical services
  • Provide and support 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 public health screening or vaccination clinics
  • Help in public shelters during evacuation emergencies
  • Help set up temporary medical and public health facilities (e.g., tent facility)
  • Assist local authorities with translation and interpretation need for incidents
You must be 18 or older, pass a background check, and complete the registration form at http://mrcgem.com/signup. No medical experience or training is needed. Everyone is welcome to join MRC GEM. There is no minimum committment. We only ask that you try to a) participate in preparedness continuing education, as time permits, and b) help the community if called upon in an emergency under the coordination of MRC GEM. There are no fees, dues or other mandated costs to become a MRC GEM volunteer. To find the requirements to be deployed locally, please go to MRC GEM basic training.
In-person training opportunities are provided at MRC GEM monthly meetings. See http://mrcgem.com/schedule for the latest schedule. Additional online training resources can be found at MRC GEM additional training.
  • MRC GEM members do not self-deploy, nor work independently in a deployment, nor supervise staff
  • Generally, emergency volunteers who assist in emergency management activities in Georgia, which may include public health emergencies and preparedness activities (e.g., training exercises and drills), are protected from liability for any injury or damage that may be caused as a result of the volunteer's actions or inactions (as long as the volunteer acts within the scope of their training).
  • MRC GEM members are expected to follow a Code of Conduct for ethical, compassionate, honest and safe behavior, especially in response to an event. This includes respectful treatment of all people and cultures.
  • In a response, MRC GEM members are expected to adhere to current guidelines for the protection of personal information and privacy. Depending on your role in the response, you may collect or work with protected information.
  • Under Georgia law, volunteers are not eligible for workers compensation or for personal injury benefits.
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