Hawaii Medical Reserve Corps
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Prepare Hawaii for an Emergency
What is the Hawaii Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)?
We are a national organization of local volunteers, with more than 900 units in the United States and territories.
The Hawai‘i Medical Reserve Corps has members throughout the Hawaiian islands and is housed within the Public Health Preparedness Program of the Hawai‘i State Department of Health. In the Pacific Basin, the MRC also has units in Guam, American Samoa, the Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas, Palau, and Federated States of Micronesia.
Why do we need a Medical Reserve Corps?
Natural disasters, disease pandemics, large-scale accidents, bioterrorism events – a major public health emergency may overwhelm local hospitals and healthcare professionals. Similarly, agencies that would lead a disaster response and recovery, such as Hawai‘i State Civil Defense, City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Emergency Management, and Hawai‘i State Chapter of the American Red Cross, may ask citizens to help with relief efforts. Federal agencies, such as FEMA and the CDC, will provide assistance as well. However, Hawai‘i’s geographic isolation in the Pacific Ocean requires us to be self-sufficient, resilient, and quick to respond.
Who should join the MRC?
Many MRC members are retired physicians and nurses. However, we welcome volunteers from all walks of life. A healthcare or medical background is not necessary to join the Hawai‘i Medical Reserve Corps.
We are looking for individuals who want to serve their community when a disaster or public health emergency strikes. When you train in disaster preparedness, you also increase the likelihood that your friends, families and neighbors will be more ready and resilient.
What are volunteer activities?
Volunteers are asked to attend quarterly meetings, participate in disaster preparedness exercises,
and assist with non-emergency community health activities, such as the Stop Flu at School program, vision screening clinics, and community health fairs.
As an MRC volunteer, you will have access to a wide range of valuable training seminars, free or at significant discount, some with Continuing Education credit. These include Psychological First Aid, the Incident Command System, Blood borne Pathogens, CPR/First Aid, and much more.
- On Oahu, contact Marjorie Tayao, MRC State Coordinator, at the Hawaii Department of Health
- For Maui County, contact Rachel Heckscher, at the Maui District Health Office
- For Hawaii County, contact Dan Gushiken, at the Hawaii District Health Office
- For Kauai County, contact Thomas Noyes, at the Kauai District Health Office
To register online to become a member, click here: https://nlk.doh.hawaii.gov
Please note that that if you are an essential worker, your first obligation during an emergency is to your employer. MRC volunteers are asked to respond only after their primary response obligations are met.