Wachusett Medical Reserve Corps (WMRC) is a local network of public health, medical, safety and other ancillary volunteers organized to improve the health and safety of their communities.
Our communities, with the help of skilled volunteers, will be well informed, prepared, healthy and safe.
Our goals are to use planning processes, developed policies and procedures, and training with response partners to:
- Conduct periodic informal assessments of community needs and resources related to health education, safety and prevention of illness.
- Recruit, enroll and maintain a corps of healthcare and non-healthcare volunteers sufficient to respond to a public health emergency related to natural or manmade disasters or emerging diseases in north Worcester County.
- Develop and maintain a framework to match volunteers’ skills with the community’s needs, including medical surge capacity.
- Provide opportunities for volunteers to assist with non-emergency public health functions/initiatives, such as health education, vaccination clinics and public awareness campaigns.
- Deliver comprehensive training opportunities to volunteers through simulation exercises, classroom training and access to online education resources.
- Foster a culture of acceptance, recognition of the value of volunteers, and utilization of volunteer staffing within north Worcester County.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of more than 200,000 volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. MRC volunteers step up to keep their family, friends, and neighbors safe and healthy.
The role of the healthcare community in disaster preparation is to identify resources applicable to physical, social and psychological effects of a disaster, to identify population groups that are at the greatest risk during a disaster, to provide disaster education in advance of the event, and to take responsibility for the health of the community following a disaster.
Part of our role in disaster planning is to support community disaster planning, assist in determining community health hazards, and assist to determine existing measures and resources that aid and reduce the impact of a given hazard.
What role might I play?
The role you play in a response depends upon your training and skills.
Possible emergency response roles are:
Assisting in delivery of medical care within your level of expertise as an RN, LPN, CNA, MD, EMT, medical secretary, or other credentialed volunteer.
Providing mental health support.
Providing medical interpreting and translation services.
Assisting with set up and flow of clinics.
Staff a telephone information hotline.
Greet and provide direction when people arrive at a triage or shelter site.
Lend the community any special skills.
P.O. Box 555
Hubbardston, MA 01452