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Santa Cruz County Medical Reserve Corps

Volunteering With Us

Emergency preparedness and response is a highly coordinated effort that allows communities to maximize their capabilities during times of extreme disorganization and stress.

MRC volunteers already have specialized knowledge and backgrounds in health related fields, which is why MRC training focuses primarily on learning local emergency and health procedures, trauma response techniques, use of specialized equipment, and other methods to increase the effectiveness of their volunteers.

The most important skill gained from MRC training is how to work as part of a team. A successful MRC unit is familiar with its community’s response plan, knows what materials are available for use, knows its response partners, and knows how to effectively utilize their skills.

Disaster preparedness drills are scheduled throughout the year and upcoming event details are presented on the homepage Calendar. MRC publishes e-newsletters to share important updates and information regarding upcoming training opportunities. These  publications ensure your DHV profile contains your current contact information. Check back often for SCC MRC’s latest training opportunities to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

Our training page lists the 5 Steps to Action, each step is required before volunteers are considered deployable. The initial steps of registering and training are described in more detail below.

How to Register as a Volunteer:

All volunteers must register online as a Santa Cruz County MRC volunteer with the Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Registry (DHV)

When registering, some information you will need to provide is:

  • Contact information so that we can contact you for trainings or deployment
  • Relevant training, IS100 and CPR, for example, so that we know that you are prepared for deployment
  • Licensing information so that your credentials can be automatically and regularly verified

How to Train as an MRC Volunteer:

Santa Cruz County MRC depends on the effort of a number of dedicated people to organize and train our 500 volunteers. You can help us in our mission by joining our Action Teams.

  • IS 100 is an online course that orients volunteers to the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is an organizational structure that allows volunteers and government personnel to collaborate in the event of an emergency. The completion of this training is mandatory for all MRC volunteers.
  • Additional training classes are available through the American Red Cross.Other training exercises and online courses are scheduled periodically and will be listed on our home page in the calendar.

If you have any questions, please contact the MRC Volunteer Coordinator at (831) 588-2048 or at nancy.yellin@santacruzcounty.us.