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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Serving Communities during Disasters and Every Day

There are many ways that you can serve your community to help it stay strong during disasters and every day.  Take a few minutes to learn how you can join a team and make a difference when your skills and time are needed most.

Join MRC

Medical Reserve Corps
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises 997 community-based units and over 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units work to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities and build community resilience. Learn More>>     

Logo of the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professional

Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals
The Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) is a federal program created to support states and territories in establishing standardized volunteer registration programs for disasters and public health emergencies. The program, administered on the state level, verifies health professionals' identification and credentials so that they can respond more quickly when disaster strikes. By registering through ESAR-VHP, volunteers' identities, licenses, credentials, accreditations, and hospital privileges are all verified in advance, saving valuable time in emergency situations. Learn More>>

Seal of the National Disaster Medical System
National Disaster Medical System
The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is a federally coordinated system that augments the nation's medical response capability.  NDMS temporarily supplements federal, tribal, state and local capabilities by funding, organizing, training, equipping, deploying and sustaining a specialized and focused range of public health and medical capabilities.  NDMS personnel train as teams so that they can draw on a wide array of professional experiences and capabilities in disasters and emergencies.  Learn More >>

  • This page last reviewed: August 31, 2015