Officially chartered January 2004 through a Department of Health and Human Services grant, the Medical Reserve Corps of El Paso County, a 501c(3), brings together persons and agencies involved in emergency planning and response in order to share and coordinate information and plans in a manner most beneficial to our region in order to strengthen and expand medical response capacity through an MRC.
We work with the city and county offices of emergency management, regional Citizen Corps’, health departments and state agencies to coordinate and integrate, as appropriate, into existing, broader emergency and response plans. Through these efforts, we bring a greater predictability to volunteer resource capability and strengthen medical response in disaster and public health areas of need and can reach “surge” capacity if needed.
Our objectives are to:
- Establish a collaborative community-based citizen volunteer MRC unit in El Paso County integrated with city and county emergency response plans.
- Recruit health care professionals and others as needed to serve as volunteer members of the MRC of El Paso County.
- Assess needs and develop training and education opportunities for MRCEPC volunteers to assure that they are effective, efficient and safely integrated into current emergency planning and response.
- Provide volunteers with additional skills to work effectively in emergencies with patients and be available to assist and support public health efforts as needed.
- Provide an organized framework for MRCEPC activities.