Opportunity: Contra Costa Medical Reserve Corps seeks medical volunteers willing to promote community emergency preparedness and resilience. The unit serves a vital function for our county and neighboring counties during disasters. In Contra Costa County, we ask all medical volunteers to register on the state's Disaster Healthcare Volunteer (DHV) website. This site allows us to pre-identify volunteers and verify credentials before and during events.
This allows two opportunities for medical volunteers, to join the Contra Costa County Unit, or the Contra Costa County Medical Reserve Corps.
This first option, collects your information and allows the county the ability to contact you only if needed in an emergency. There is no commitment, or affiliation, just a willingness to potentially help out during an emergency.
The second option, would be to become an active member of our MRC. . You will have the opportunity to train and exercise with other medical volunteers as well as serve our community missions. We hold monthly meetings, bi-annual exercises and other training opportunities. When we serve the community, we provide preparedness education, CPR training, Stop the Bleed training, youth mentorship and medical first aid for community events. In the event a disaster would occur, our MRC would be active to provide medical care in a variety of ways and settings. Our unit has responded to the Valley Fire in 2015, the North Bay Fires in 2017, Mendocino Complex Fire 2018, and Camp Fire 2019.
If you do not think the MRC is for you, but you do think you would be interested in helping during a disaster, please register on the DHV website under Contra Costa County Unit.
Organization/Sponsor: Contra Costa Medical Reserve Corps, (Contra Costa County Health Services)
Web address/link of Organization:
Contra Costa MRC: https://cchealth.org/mrc/
California Healthcare Volunteers: https://healthcarevolunteers.ca.gov/
Medical Specialty: We take all medical specialties, you work within your scope, ability and comfort level during disasters. For physicians, the most common role is to conduct medical assessments, assist with medication refills and referrals. For community events, we provide outreach, education and BLS medical support.
Location: Varies, all community events are held throughout Contra Costa County. MRC can deploy out of county.
Time Required: The MRC has a participation requirement of 2 events, meetings, or training sessions annually. This can be as little as 5 hours a year. Deployments are 8-12 hour shifts, often with 2 or more shifts.
Volunteer or Compensated: Volunteer, gas mileage may be compensated during responses.
Malpractice Insurance: Yes, the county maintains an insurance policy for community events and the state covers malpractice during emergencies.
Contact Person from organization:
Lisa Vajgrt-Smith, MRC Coordinator
email@example.com or ContraCostaMRC@gmail.com
Contact Person from TPMG: None available at this time
Updated: May 2, 2019