Volunteer

Medical Reserve Corps: 

Essex County MRC is part of a national network of medical and non-medical volunteers.

MRC activities are categorized as:

    • Public Health Promotion
        • Community Outreach, Clinics, Education, etc. AND

    • Emergency Preparedness &
        • Training, Drills/Exercises; Real World Event Responses

We typically operate within Essex County, however we may be activated regionally if requested.

County Animal Response Team (CART):

When emergencies happen, our animals need us! Learn about local hazards & how they affect animals; the role of County Animal Response Teams (CART); how volunteers are activated and how they can help pets & livestock. Leave the training ready to serve Essex County! We can also connect you with Clinton and Franklin County CARTS.

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Essex County (Medical Reserve Corps) MRC is part of a national network of medical and non-medical volunteers.

MRC activities are categorized as:

Public Health Promotion

Community Outreach, Clinics, Education, etc. AND

Emergency Preparedness & Response

Training, Drills/Exercises; Real World Event Responses

We typically operate within Essex County, however, we may be activated regionally if requested.

Join the MRC ⬇

Fill out this form 

Create a ServNY Account 

If you have an existing NYSDOH Health Commerce System Account:

Register in ServNY with a HCS Account:

Most people create an account using NY.gov:

NY.gov to ServNY account set-up Instructions

Be sure to save your username and password for these accounts!

Update your ServNY Account with completed trainings.

Need help along the way?  Contact the program coordinator: 

Jessica Darney Buehler at 518-873-3500 or jessica.darneybuehler@essexcountyny.gov

Volunteers can expect quarterly Training, Drill and Activation opportunities.

Training Opportunities

Across the nation many MRC volunteers have served in temporary shelters established due to natural disasters.  Being familiar with shelter operations is a highly recommended training.

Shelterfieldguidesslides

Drills & Exercises

Most drills are virtual – email or text messages regarding the ability of volunteers to respond given a mock scenario.  Drills allow the MRC Coordinator practice in sending alerts and scheduling volunteers and allow volunteers to practice receiving & replying to deployment requests.  There is also typically at least 1 opportunity per year for MRC volunteers to participate in a larger public health emergency response exercise.

Activation

MRC Volunteers are offered activation opportunities in:

health promotion (Health Dept or community events);

drills and exercises; and

response to public health emergencies.

History of MRC

Following the events of September 11, 2001, it became clear that there was a  need for coordinating the services of thousands of well-meaning volunteers who showed up at disaster scenes wanting to help. There was a need for a mechanism for checking credentials, assigning volunteers where they could do the most good, and pre-planning to ensure their safety. It was evident volunteers needed to be trained to work effectively as a team while interacting with other agencies at a scene.

The Office of the U. S. Surgeon General announced the formation of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program in 2002. The overall goal of the national initiative is to establish teams of local volunteer medical professionals and laypersons to contribute their skills and expertise during times of public health emergencies.

Learn more about the National Profile of the MRC in this 2017 Network Profile Report.

The County Animal Response Team (CART) is made up of volunteers trained and ready to respond to emergencies affecting pets and livestock.  Volunteers can declare their interest in small animals (household pets) and/or large animals (horses, and livestock).  Activities include animal care, transport, sheltering, uniting and more.

The CART is a specialty team of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), so CART volunteers must first join the MRC.  CART members also need to complete 4 additional trainings.  Get started today!

Join CART

CART Trainings
  1. The CART is a specialty team of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), so CART volunteers must first join the MRC.  CART members also need to complete 4 additional trainings.  Get started today!

    STEP 1 – Join the MRC By filling out the form above.

  2. County Animal Response Team Orientation
  3. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Management System

  4. IS-700.B: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

Additional helpful CART training (not required):

5. IS-10.A: Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness

6. IS-11.A: Animals in Disasters: Community Planning

STEP 6 – Update your ServNY account with completed trainings!

Need any help along the way – contact

Jessica Darney Buehler at 518-873-3518 or Jessica.DarneyBuehler@essexcountyny.org