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Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

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 1,000 members strong, and comprised of both healthcare and non-healthcare volunteers.

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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.

The MRC also includes the Dutchess County Animal Response Team (DCART), which focuses on house pet and large animal preparedness and response efforts.


Who Can Volunteer?  

Anyone! No matter what your profession may be, the Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County needs you!

When disaster or public health emergency strikes a community, volunteers of all abilities and skill sets are needed to help those in need.
Our MRC Unit is looking for two types of volunteers: 

Want to Register as a New Volunteer in NYS - ServNY?  View or download this quick reference card (.pdf)

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:

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 use the following link to complete each step of the membership process.
Want to Register as a New Volunteer in NYS - ServNY?  View or download this quick reference card (.pdf)

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

Joseph Ryan, MRC Coordinator
Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health
Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response
392 Creek Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845-486-2493
jryan@dutchessny.gov