The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was established after President Bush's 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. The MRC program is sponsored by the Office of the Surgeon General, and units are community-based and function as a way to organize and utilize volunteers - medical professionals and non-medical - who want to donate their time and expertise to promote healthy living throughout the year and to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
In the event of a large-scale public health emergency, health and medical systems would be overwhelmed with individuals seeking treatment. The need to meet this demand would be critical. MRC volunteers supplement existing local emergency and public health resources.
The Clark County Health Department established the Clark County Medical Reserve Corps unit in October 2007.
Clark County's MRC unit will be operated through the Health Department. Anyone can volunteer.