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County of San Luis Obispo

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

SLOMRC supplements the resources of the local community emergency medical response system and augments staff shortages.  SLOMRC also supports public health needs throughout the year by assisting with community health promotion and education.

View a short Medical Reserve Corps promotional video on YouTube.


MRC Volunteer Newsletters

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps?

SLOMRC is made up of practicing, retired, or otherwise employed healthcare professional such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, mental health professionals, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, physical therapists and more. Community members without medical training such as translators, sign language interpreters, social workers, administrators, and public relations professionals also play a vital role in SLOMRC.

Why should I register for the Medical Reserve Corps?

During an emergency, local emergency service agencies, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations may not have the resources to care for an increased number of patients and may need to rely on healthcare volunteers for assistance. In order to be effective during times of emergencies, volunteers must be organized and trained to work in emergency situations.  The MRC is designed to provide the organizational structure and appropriate training to enable MRC members to volunteer their skills and expertise efficiently.  MRC members are also protected through California’s Disaster Worker Volunteer program for workers compensation benefits.

How do I register for the Medical Reserve Corps?

Volunteers must register on the California Disaster Healthcare Volunteer site. Additionally, volunteer are required to complete a background check, sign the MRC Code of Conduct form, verify their medical licenses and/or certifications are active, complete training courses, and take the Disaster Services Worker Volunteer oath.

View the MRC Informational Flyer

To sign up for COVID-19 response - click here for step-by-step instructions

What training is required for the Medical Reserve Corps?
Who do I contact for more information about the Medical Reserve Corps?

Public Health Emergency Preparedness
MRC Coordinator
County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department
Emergency Preparedness Program
(805) 295-8672
[email protected]