The Seacoast Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a team of trained medical and non-medical volunteers who support and assist local first responders in sheltering needs, public health emergencies, and other disasters. We are a national organization intended to prepare for and respond to emergencies and to promote healthy living.
The National Medical Reserve Corps was launched in July 2002 to address a lack of trained, organized and credentialed volunteers in the nation’s response to the events of September 11, 2001.
The Seacoast MRC is one of 13 units in New Hampshire, with more than 1,000 across the country. We have over 100 members in our database with a wide range of skills and experience, including non-medical personnel.
What We Do
Volunteers learn vitals skills to take care of themselves, family members and neighbors during an emergency, and also provide critical help to local emergency responders. Additionally, volunteers provide support during community events and help promote preparedness throughout the seacoast region.
We seek both medical and non-medical volunteers
Some of the things that are available include: helping at a road race by giving water or first aid, helping at a shelter, educational outreach to local and regional groups, assisting at a vaccination clinic or Point of Dispensing site, participating in exercises or drills with First Responders such as Active Shooter or Pease Airport Drill, and providing support at the Pease Oil Spill Drills or the Sail Portsmouth Tall Ships. Our unit has also responded to events outside of our region.
The Seacoast Medical Reserve Corps/CERT is an affiliate of the national Citizens Corps, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) programs.
The mission of the Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. The Citizen Corps program is managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Community Emergency Response Team is organized and funded through the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The mission of MRC is to engage volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response and community resiliency. It is organized and funded through the Office of the Surgeon General’s Office.
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