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NYC Medical Reserve Corps ( 253 )

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) enhances New York City’s emergency preparedness by ensuring that a trained group of volunteer health professionals is ready to respond to health emergencies.The MRC works in partnership with professional associations,universities, and hospitals to organize this multidisciplinary group of volunteer health professionals.NYC’s team was created by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene(DOHMH) to support the emergency needs of our local area.A rapid emergency response will provide a timely return to stability for our communities. MRC volunteers can play a critical role in making this happen by being part of a pre-identified, pre-credentialed, and pre-trained group of potential responders.During an emergency, volunteers might be called on to assist with medical evaluation, patient education, triage/screening, vaccination, and/or distribution of medication.The primary role of the MRC is to help distribute antibiotics or vaccine during an emergency requiring mass prophylaxis.Volunteers may also be called upon to assist the City with mass sheltering operations, such as during a coastal storm, or to assist with medical surge capacity, for example during a pandemic influenza outbreak.The MRC provides all volunteers with medication or vaccine to protect themselves, and gives specific training for any number of possible tasks. Any licensed health professional (or health professional student) who lives and/or works in New York City can join the MRC/NYC. Both online, and live,educational opportunities are available to volunteers. For more information, visit

Community/Jurisdiction Served:

New York
Bronx County , Kings County , New York County , Queens County , Richmond County

Jurisdiction Notes :
New York City

Sponsoring Organization:
NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene


Unit Information:
42-09 28th St, 6th Floor
NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
Queens, NY 11101

Contact Information:
Betty Duggan
42-09 28th Street
CN 22E
(347) 396-2689
Queens, NY 11101

Unit Volunteers (7257 Total) :
Volunteer Type Count
Physicians 1484
Physician Assistants 201
Nurse Practitioners 232
Nurses 2093
Pharmacists 208
Dentists 242
Veterinarians 27
Mental Health Professionals 1469
EMS Professionals 241
Respiratory Therapists 38
Other Public Health/Medical 692
Non-Public Health/Non-Medical 330

Recent Activities:

3/27/2014 - 3/27/2014
Primary Care Emergency Preparedness Network full scale exercise. The Primary Care Emergency Preparedness Network conducted a full scale exercise at seven locations simultaneously. The exercis tested the ability of community health care centers (FQHCs) to manage a medical surge during an acute infectious biological event, & manage internal hostile threats. MRC members played patients.

3/26/2014 - 3/26/2014
Coastal Storm Training, given by OEM and Red Cross for MRC members. Many of our members volunteered in shelters during Irene and Sandy. They may have wondered what the plans were for setting up shelters, where did the supplies come from, how are decisions made about where evacuees were assigned to shelters. For those who experienced shelters, and for those of who did not, the Office of Emergency Management, in collaboration with the Red Cross, offered Sheltering training for MRC members. This was a great opportunity to learn what the future plans are for shelters, and MRC's role in them. This was an opportunity to learn more and ask questions.

3/11/2014 - 3/11/2014
MRC Orientation - conducted by Betty Duggan, NYC MRC Director. This training is an introduction to NYC MRC. It is a great overview for both new members and longtime members, and is the prerequisite for our most popular trainings. Orientation covers how MRC fits into the bigger emergency response picture, what NYC MRC members will do, what protections are offered, and what you can do to be prepared.

3/10/2014 - 3/10/2014
Active Shooter training - DOHMH director of exercises and training. An “Active Shooter” is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined space or other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Active shooters usually will continue to move throughout building or area until stopped by law enforcement, suicide, or other intervention. This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation. By the end of this course, participants will be able to: • Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials. • Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents. • Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident. Not all recommendations provided here will be applicable at every facility. This course is intended to provide guidance to enhance facility-specific plans and procedures as well as personal preparedness.

3/9/2014 - 3/9/2014
Staten Island Rabies Vaccination Clinic - three NYC MRC veterinarians vaccinated 110 pets against rabies. This was in collaboration with DOHMH Division of Veterinary Services.