Who are we?
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of West Georgia is locally-based groups of volunteers who use their education, training, and volunteer service to make their communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to threats of terrorism, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.

MRC of West Georgia serves Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson counties. This area has a population of more than 660,000 and covers almost 3800 square miles. Within the area there are ten hospitals and eighteen public health clinics.

MRC volunteers supplement existing local public health initiatives such as outreach and prevention or immunization programs. MRC volunteers also work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs. During an emergency, your job function will be based on your skills, experience and training. Some duties you may be asked to do include:

• Sorting and distribution of supplies
• Data entry
• Assisting people with forms
• Transportation
• Communication
• Interpretation/Translation

Who Can Volunteer?
The Medical Reserve Corps needs people (18 years of age and older) with all kinds of skills to perform a wide variety of duties. Practicing, retired, or otherwise employed medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists, nurses’ assistants, veterinarians and others with medical training are encouraged to volunteer. The Medical Reserve Corps also seeks clergy and mental health professionals.

What Will I Do In An Emergency?
Large-scale emergencies can quickly overwhelm the resources of the community, especially within the first 12 to 72 hours. MRC volunteers will be activated to assist in implementation of specific disaster response plans. The role of the Medical Reserve Corps will change, depending on the type, severity and geographic area of the emergency. However, a volunteer NEVER self-deploys!

Some of the roles that could be filled by MRC teams include:
• Assisting with receiving and distribution of medical supplies and equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile.
• Staffing vaccine clinics.
• Providing medical care in alternate care facilities, in the event that the hospital infrastructure is damaged or overwhelmed.

Where Will I Volunteer?
Because the Medical Reserve Corps of West Georgia serves a twelve-county area, volunteers may be needed anywhere within the area, or may even be asked to assist in another district. Volunteers may specify which county or counties they wish to volunteer in and whether they would be willing to assist in another district. All participation in emergency response activities is voluntary.

What Training Will I Receive?
In most cases, MRC volunteer training will focus on how the local emergency response system works, use of specialized equipment, familiarity with the community response plan and community resources and partners. You will also be notified when disaster drills are planned so that you may participate.

Medical professionals will already know how to perform many of the medical and health functions that will be needed during a large-scale emergency.

Opportunities for training in basic disaster response, safety, volunteer leadership and other important skills may also be available.

Training courses (FREE) available to MRC volunteers include, but are not limited to:
• Overview of Public Health System
• Basic Life Support (CPR)
• Core Disaster Life Support
• Community Emergency Response Team
• Basic Disaster Life Support
• Advanced Disaster Life Support
• Hazardous Material Identification
• Emergency Preparedness Awareness

How Do I Become a Volunteer?
To apply to become an MRC of West GA volunteer you must register on www.servga.gov. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 706-350-0281 and we will assist you with your application.