The Westchester Medical Reserve Corps is actively seeking new members willing to contribute their time and talents to help in an emergency. Westchester Medical Reserve Corps members work with county public health and emergency services professionals to support the needs of Westchester County residents during public health emergencies and other disasters.
To be activated in an emergency, MRC members must register in advance and participate in training and other activities to prepare volunteers for emergency response.
The Westchester MRC is a group of volunteers – some are credentialed physicians, nurses or allied professionals – working, retired or in training – while others have organizational, office or translation skills.
Who volunteers for the Westchester County MRC?
Our members are people who live, work, or attend graduate school in Westchester County. No medical background is needed to volunteer with the Westchester County MRC. We welcome medical and allied professionals and people with other backgrounds who are calm under pressure and who enjoy giving back to their community.
- Physicians, nurses, EMTs and other allied health professionals
- Interpreters and people who can speak multiple languages
- People who have experience working with people who are ill or people with disabilities
- Anyone with a desire to help during a public health emergency or other disaster
How can I Join?
To sign up, go to ServNY, a New York State database that registers new volunteers and manages volunteer data and click "Join Now."
Registration is a two-step process:
1) The first step is to set up a user ID and password.
2) The second is to create a profile.
Be sure to select Westchester County MRC as your program to join the county's Medical Reserve Corps. If you need help, use these step-by-step instructions.
Once you have registered, you will begin to receive e-mails from us and will be invited to the next orientation meeting.
How can I help?
Volunteers may help improve the flow of people at central locations in Westchester where medication or vaccinations would be provided during a disease outbreak. They may assist with mass sheltering operations during a natural disaster. Westchester MRC members who are credentialed medical professionals could be called upon to perform medical evaluations, provide vaccinations, distribute medication, educate or screen patients, or provide psychological first aid. Non-medical members may improve the flow of people, process paperwork and online forms, translate instructions or provide directions to the public and provide assistance to people with access or functional needs.
How will I be trained?
Free training will be offered by Westchester County. Some training can be conducted online at your convenience, while other training topics will be covered in person with other MRC members. An orientation and quarterly meetings or trainings will be held. Topics include Psychological First Aid, Mass Casualty Incident Awareness, Treatment and Triage, Mental Health in Emergencies and much more.
To prepare for emergencies, Westchester MRC members can join public health and emergency professionals in exercises and drills and may be called upon to assist in non-emergency activities. While flexibility and commitment are highly valued, we recognize that MRC members are volunteers with other commitments and their participation during any event is always voluntary. The Westchester MRC is managed jointly by the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services (DES) and the Westchester County Department of Health (WCDH).