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Central Florida Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

Emergency Operations

  •  407-858-1498
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    Mailing Address

    6101 Lake Ellenor Drive 

    Orlando, FL 32809 

     

The Central Florida Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a team of healthcare, administrative professionals and others who volunteer their time and skills to support emergency medical workers in an emergency or disaster.  

This MRC unit supports Brevard, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties with volunteers to support disaster response agencies and health departments that may become overwhelmed by the need for medical care for our residents.  Medical Reserve Corps members are trained and called to assist during these times of need.  Volusia and Lake County host MRC units as well.

We need both Medical and Non-Medical Volunteers to meet community disaster response. Join Today!

How to Join

Licensing

According to Florida Statues, healthcare providers, such as physicians and nurses, must have an active Florida license in order to practice their profession.  For nominal fees, inactive medical and nursing providers may apply for limited licensure or for a retired volunteer nursing certificate.  Retired professionals not desiring licensure may volunteer to fill non-medical positions. 

Liability Insurance

Liability Insurance is not required. Volunteers, both professional and non-medical, work in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health and will receive limited sovereign immunity and worker’s compensation for medical costs incurred during an official event. Local and State regulations require a background check of applicants. (Statue 768.28 and Chapter 110, F.S.)

Training

Training is provided for volunteers to help prepare them for job assignments and general responsibilities as an MRC member.   After an orientation to the MRC unit, members are offered a wide range of training opportunities.

Benefits of Being a Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer                       

  • A sense of pride and accomplishment  in serving your community in disaster
  • New experiences with opportunity to network with peers.
  • Access to free training and educational opportunities in the classroom, field exercises and via the internet. 

Who Can Volunteer?

Anyone who works or lives in Orange, Brevard or Osceola counties may join the Central Florida MRC unit.  Volunteers serve locally in order to respond quickly in time of need.  Members may be asked to respond out of the area in declared disasters needing support in other counties, the state, or in a national response.

All types of volunteers are needed to support disaster response. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, emergency personnel, behavioral health specialist, dentists, infectious disease specialists /epidemiologists, and medical technicians needed for support.  Those without medical background including interpreters, chaplains, amateur radio operators, warehouse and general volunteers are needed to fill support roles.

Training is provided for volunteers to help prepare them for job assignments and general responsibilities as an MRC member.   After an orientation to the MRC unit, members are offered a wide range of training opportunities.

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