Public Health Preparedness
Medical Reserve Corp (MRC)
The mission of the Butler County MRC is to engage health care professionals and others in helping the community prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies, disasters, and pressing public health needs by providing a group of readily trained and available volunteer professionals who supplement and assist local medical emergency response systems.
Many unaffiliated or spontaneous volunteers responded to the events that occurred on September 11, 2001, offering themselves to be of assistance in any way possible. It was quickly discovered however that it was impossible to verify the credentials of these volunteers. Therefore many volunteers could not be utilized in the days after the emergency.
In response to this situation, the Medical Response Corps (MRC) was founded in 2002. The MRC provides credentialing and training for a response prior to a disaster. MRC volunteers can be verified quickly and placed into needed roles whenever the need arises.
More than 970 community-based volunteer units across the country comprise the national MRC. These groups locally organize and utilize volunteers - medical professionals and others. The volunteers promote healthy living throughout the year and prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information, view the MRC Fact Sheet, or the National MRC Website.
MRC workers volunteer in a wide variety of situations from natural disasters to health fairs. Health care workers, such as doctors and nurses, are always needed. But non-health care workers are needed, too! Non-health care workers can provide valuable technical assistance, clerical support, logistics, translation assistance, and much more!
MRC volunteers help make our nation safe, stronger and better prepared. Through training, exercises, drills, team building activities, and emergency awareness courses, they improve the lives of our fellow citizens.
Fill out a volunteer application or email April Harter for more information.
The passage of the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 provided funding to all states for bioterrorism (BT) preparedness through a cooperative agreement program operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agreement provides support to state and selected local health departments in the following areas:
- Preparedness planning and readiness assessment: Establish strategic leadership, direction, assessment, and coordination of activities within the jurisdiction.
- Surveillance and epidemiology capacity: Enable state and local health departments to enhance, design, and develop systems for rapid detection of unusual outbreaks that may be the result of bioterrorism.
- Laboratory capacity-biological agents: Ensure that core diagnostic capabilities for bioterrorism agents are available at all state and major city/county public health laboratories.
- Laboratory capacity-chemical agents: Ensure that core diagnostic capabilities for chemical agents are available at all state and major city / county public health laboratories.
- Health Alert Network / Communications and Information Technology: Enable state and local public health agencies to establish and maintain a network that will:
- Support exchange of key information and training by linking public health and private partners
- Provide rapid dissemination of public health advisories to news media and the public
- Ensure secure electronic data exchanges
- Ensure protection of data, information, and systems, with adequate backup, organizational capacity, and surge capacity
- Risk Communication and Health Information Dissemination: Ensure that state and local public health organizations develop an effective risk-communication capacity that provides for timely information dissemination to the public during a bioterrorist attack.
- Education and Training: Ensure that state and local health departments have the capacity to:
- Access the training needs for key public health and clinical care providers in their jurisdictions
- Ensure that education and training are provided to key target audiences