Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national organization with over 900 units in all fifty states and territories. The need for the MRC became apparent after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, when thousands of volunteers turned out to help. Overwhelmed, local responders did not have a way to manage or identify these volunteers.

As a result, the MRC was established to provide a way to credential, train, and activate volunteers during a disaster or public health emergency. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members. A healthcare background is not required.

How does the MRC help?

The Hawaii MRC operates under the Hawaii State Department of Health. In a disaster, MRC volunteers may be activated to provide surge capacity to the department and other emergency management partners. MRC members may assist in shelters, help distribute medicines, or provide information and assistance to the community in other ways as needed. MRC volunteers attend orientation and quarterly meetings and participate in relevant training activities as their schedule allows. Volunteers are invited to participate in preparedness exercises, community health activities, flu clinics, vision screening clinics, health fairs, and other events. Due to our geographic isolation, Hawaii’s communities must be self-sufficient and resilient.

Contact Us

Oahu Medical Reserve Corps
Phone: (808) 587-5770 | mrc@doh.hawaii.gov

Maui County Health Volunteers
Phone: (808) 243-8649 | mchv@doh.hawaii.gov

Big Island Medical Reserve Corps
Phone: (808) 974-6010 | mrc@doh.hawaii.gov

Kauai Medical Reserve Corps
Phone: (808) 241-3555 | mrc@doh.hawaii.gov