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Medical Reserve Corp

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What Are The Medical Reserve Corps?

The Polk / Hardee County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) are trained, community-based volunteers who donate their time, knowledge, and expertise to prepare and respond to local emergencies.

During a disaster, MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources in areas in which they are properly trained and equipped.

MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as:

  • Acupuncturists
  • Dentists
  • Emergency medical technicians
  • Epidemiologists
  • Fire fighters
  • Lab workers
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Massage therapists
  • Mental health counselors
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical therapists
  • Physicians
  • Radiology workers
  • Records technicians
  • Social workers
  • Veterinarians
  • Other community members, such as interpreters, chaplains, office workers, and legal advisors, can fill other vital support positions.

Where Can I Learn More?

To learn more about your local MRC, call (863) 519-7900

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA’s Independent Study Program offers courses that support the nine mission areas identified by the National Preparedness Goal. All users must register on this website and complete the IS 100 and IS 700 trainings. Class participants will receive a certificate upon course completion. These certificates should be provided to the MRC staff. Additional courses are also available based on user needs.

How Do I Apply?

MRC Application Process