What Kinds of Things Do Volunteers Do?

Activities in which volunteers can expect to be involved vary greatly depending on the situation at hand the training and experience of the volunteer. Volunteers will be classified into different Levels depending on training and physical abilities. These levels are currently being developed.

There are many different types of activities volunteers may consider:

  • Nurses perparing people for vaccinations.Mass Immunization/Prophylaxis Site (MIPS) - In the event of a biological outbreak the state and county health departments will be responsible for setting up dispensing clinics across the state to provide the public with life-saving antibiotics or vaccines.
  • Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Warehouse - In the event of a biological outbreak a warehouse needs to be set up to breakdown life-saving medical supplies and transport to MIPS locations and/or hospitals.
  • Disaster Site - Assist with search and rescue, provide medical expertise in way of triage and mental health, assist with security by way of traffic and crowd control and run errands. You must be physically capable of handling the stress and exertion you will encounter at a disaster site.
  • Assistance Centers/Safe Havens/Shelters - Setup and breakdown of sites, counseling, errands.
  • Regional Medical Team/Temporary or Field Hospital Staff/Supplemental Hospital Staff - Medical professionals will be deployed statewide to assist with disasters  whether at a hospital or in the field.
  • Administrative/Office Setting - The MRC needs assistance in tracking volunteers, setting up the program, database entry, mailing letters, etc.
  • Phone Bank - Medical and non-medical professionals to answer a flood of incoming calls that deal with concerns of community members. 
  • Rescuer Break Site - Offer mental guidance, set-up and stage the area and run errands.
  • Leadership - All sites need to have leadership personnel.
  • Training/Teaching - Assist in training of CERT teams, CPR, First-Aid and other training to enhance the Medical Reserve Corp.
  • Public Health Initiatives - Assist with health department programs such as flu shots, Back-to-School Immunizations, epidemiology surveys, public education, health fairs, and more.