The Medical Reserve Corps volunteers contribute their time and efforts in a wide variety of situations, from natural disasters to health fairs. Health care workers, such as doctors and nurses, are always needed. But non-health care workers are needed, too! Non-health care workers can provide valuable technical assistance, clerical support, logistics, translation assistance and much more! If you are older than 18 and in good health, talk to a local coordinator today!
Kansas MRC units participate in a wide range of activities. No two Kansas MRC units are exactly the same. Here is a random sampling of just some of the activities that KS MRC is involved in:
- Hold CPR trainings
- Provide medical support at an Ironman Triathalon
- Participate in mass dispensing events
- Provide vaccinations at local voting sites
- Hold handwashing campaigns
- Support the American Red Cross at a Special Needs Shelter
- Give Tetanus shots to residents of Greensburg, KS following the tornado
How to apply to be a Kansas MRC Volunteer
There are several ways to apply to join a unit.
- Contact your local unit's coordinator by clicking on the Kansas MRC tab and finding your local unit.
- Contact Emily Nickel, the State of Kansas MRC coordinator, by e-mail at email@example.com.
- Fill out a Kansas MRC application. Complete the application and return by e-mail to Emily Nickel or mail it into the Public Health Preparedness, Attention: Emily Nickel, 1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 330; Topeka, KS 66612. Please click here to download a MRC application.
Training for Volunteers
All Kansas MRC volunteers have a basic level of training requirements. These training requirements are consistent with the MRC Core Competencies. This ensures that all Kansas MRC volunteers have completed the same minimum level of training. Kansas MRC volunteers will be trained in the following:
- MRC Orientation
- ICS 100
- ICS 700
- IS 22 or a family preparedness plan
Each Kansas MRC unit will provide the standard basic level of training, once a volunteer has met those requirements, the unit coordinator can expand on advanced training and exercises, such as:
- CPR & First Aid
- Psychological First Aid
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Vaccination Distribution & Dispensing - Point of Dispensing (POD)
- Local Emergency and Health Procedures
- Use of Specialized Equipment
- Shelter Management
- Emergency Exercises
- And Much More!
- Standardized Training Policy