Medical Reserve Corps volunteers support both emergency and day-to-day public health operations in their communities. A minimum amount of training is required for all volunteers to integrate into the emergency response structure. Additionally, volunteers can be trained to support specific emergency operations in advance of those events as well as to support scheduled public health events.
A Medical Reserve Corps is a state asset and only deploys members upon request. We understand that individual members may be members of other response units; however, you may only deploy to an emergency incident representing MNVMRC with prior authorization or deployment orders.
Since 2004 the MNVRMC has coordinated the Animal Reception Stations at the Human Reception Centers in the event of an emergency at one of Minnesota’s two nuclear power plants. This has been supported under an ongoing grant administered by the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Radiation Emergency Preparedness (REP) program. We are also expanding our training to include other hazardous materials.
In 2015, the United States endured the largest foreign animal disease outbreak on US soil with the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza. We collaborate with the Minnesota Board of Animal Health to enhance our group’s efforts to participate in disease outbreak response.