Medical Reserve Corps

The Skokie Health Department has developed the Skokie Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), a group of volunteer health professionals, to enhance emergency preparedness and response capabilities.

For additional information or to sign up for an informational orientation or training, please contact Claudia Braden, RN, at the Skokie Health Department.


Download the Medical Reserve Corps Application (PDF).
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Core Competencies

The Medical Reserve Corps program has established national core competencies. Medical Reserve Corps leaders and volunteers have been surveyed about their experiences and their lessons learned and were asked to assist with the development of core competencies.

The Skokie MRC utilizes the national competencies and online training but also offers locally developed training specific to the positions available here. Other resource items that have been developed include operating procedures for local activation, credentialing guidelines, and standardized identification.

MRC Units

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources. The overarching goal is to improve health literacy by working towards increasing disease prevention, eliminating health disparities and improving public health preparedness.

MRC Volunteers

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Many community members-interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors, and others-can fill key support positions.

Volunteers are at the very heart of the Medical Reserve Corps. The existence of this nationwide, community-based movement is due to the willingness of volunteer medical and public health professionals to serve their communities in times of need. Without that generous offer of service, there would be no Medical Reserve Corps.

Available Volunteer Positions

Major emergencies can overwhelm the capabilities of first responders, particularly during the first 12 to 72 hours. Medical and other health volunteers can provide an important "surge" capacity during this critical period. They also can augment medical staff shortages at local medical and emergency facilities.

Volunteers may be utilized to provide support in the following operational areas:
  • Aid stations
  • Bulk distribution
  • Disaster response
  • Emergency Operation Center (EOC) support
  • Logistics
  • Mass Care shelter and feeding
  • Mass prophylaxis operations
  • Mass vaccination clinics
  • Volunteer management
  • Welfare information

MRC Training Resources

Many of the courses listed may be offered to you via classroom-style training, depending on resources and timing. Listed are resources, mostly online, that you can utilize to accommodate your schedule and learning preferences. These sites have many more educational offerings, feel free to go online and investigate.

The easiest method to find the course is either at the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) website or at the MRC Train website. You should sign up to get a user name and password to take these classes.

FEMA Training Website

  • IS-10.a Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness
  • IS-22 Are you Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
  • IS-26 Guide to Points of Distribution
  • IS-806 Emergency Support Function (ESF) Number 6 - Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing and Human Services
  • IS-808 Emergency Support Function (ESF) Number 8 - Public Health and Medical Services

State of Illinois MRC Train

  • Blood-borne Pathogen Overview
  • Psychological First Aid: The Role of MRC Volunteers in Disaster Response
  • Family Disaster Planning