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MRC Highlights

  • 2002: The MRC program was established with 42 units of medical, public health, and other volunteers organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities
  • 2005: 6,000 MRC volunteers supported response and recovery efforts for Hurricanes Katrina & Rita
  • 2006: The MRC reaches 500 units nationwide, including the District of Columbia, Guam, Palau, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 2009-2010: Nearly 50,000 MRC volunteers responded to the H1N1 influenza outbreak
  • 2009: MRC and the American Red Cross issues joint MOU to improve organizational coordination and cooperation in order to better prepare and protect communities
  • 2012: MRC volunteers served over 36,000 hours in response to Hurricane Sandy
  • 2014: 169 MRCs reported conducting 180 Ebola-related activities in their communities
  • 2015: MRCs supported medical stations, first aid tents, and family reunification centers during the U.S. Papal visit.
  • 2016: MRCs nationwide prepared for and supported the Zika virus response. In Puerto Rico, where it was declared a public health emergency, over 140 MRC volunteers reached about 17,000 individuals.
  • Today: Over 200,000 MRC volunteers in almost 1,000 units nationwide, including the District of Columbia, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Palau, American Samoa, Common Wealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federal States of Micronesia, and Puerto Rico

  • This page last reviewed: February 16, 2019