Arlington County Medical Reserve Corps
The Arlington County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit was established in 2003, and is one of 24 MRC units in Virginia. There are approximately 850 MRC units nationwide. The MRC includes medical, public health, and non-medical volunteers, such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians interpreters, chaplains, administrative staff, students, and many others. The need for the Medical Reserve Corps became apparent after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when thousands of medical and public health professionals, eager to volunteer in support of emergency relief activities, found that there was no organized approach to channel their efforts. Local responders were already overwhelmed and did not have a way to identify and manage these spontaneous volunteers, and many highly skilled people were turned away. As a result, the MRC was created in 2002 to provide a way to recruit, train, and activate volunteers to respond to community health needs, including disasters and other public health emergencies.