Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County

Emergency Response
Dana Smith, Commissioner


Joseph Ryan, MRC Coordinator

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Download MRC Volunteer Application (in .pdf format, Adobe Acrobat required) :  

Download the 2018 MRC Seminar Series schedule (.pdf)

What is the Medical Reserve Corps?

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Dutchess County is part of a national network of volunteers dedicated to supporting public health infrastructure and disaster preparedness and response in their local communities. Locally, the MRC is more than 400 members strong, and comprised of both healthcare and non-healthcare professionals.

What Does the Medical Reserve Corps do?

The MRC supports Dutchess County’s Departments of Emergency Response and Health when responding to incidents of all kinds. In times of disaster, MRC volunteers both support and supplement local emergency response resources when they are needed most.

Whether MRC volunteers are staffing emergency shelters, assisting with surveillance and notification efforts, or conducting mass distribution of pharmaceuticals, they make a tremendous difference in protecting and strengthening Dutchess County.

Who Can Volunteer?  

Anyone! No matter what your profession may be, the Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County needs you!  When disaster strikes a community, volunteers of all abilities and skill sets are needed to help those in direct need. Our MRC Unit is looking for two types of volunteers: 

  • Medical and healthcare professionals with an active license from all health occupations, including individuals who are retired Non-medical support volunteers who do not perform medical roles, but who are essential to emergency response.

Member benefits include:

Joining the Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County gives you an opportunity to lend your expertise and make a meaningful impact on your community when it needs it most. In addition, you’ll receive:


  • Disaster/Emergency Response Training
  • Continuing education units (CEU/CME) for selected trainings.
  • Free preparedness Go-Kit, and uniform apparel.

    Membership in a network with other like-minded professionals.

  • Opportunities to develop new skills and practice old ones.

You can make a difference! Register today, and be prepared to help tomorrow.


How Can I Join the Medical Reserve Corps?

To join the Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County, please click the two links below to complete each step of the membership process.  Download MRC Volunteer Application (.pdf)  | Register Online as an MRC Volunteer

If you need further assistance, or have any questions, please contact:

Joseph Ryan
MRC Coordinator
Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health
85 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: (845) 486-2493


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