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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Helping Communities become Healthier during Disasters and Every Day

There are many ways that we can serve our country and help one another. Health professionals have provided lifesaving care and comfort when it was needed most.  They have responded to a wide variety of disasters that have struck our Nation, from hurricanes in the east to devastating tornadoes in the midwest and wildfires on the west coast. Could you be one of these heroes?  Take a few minutes to learn how you can join a team and make a difference when your skills and your care are needed most.
Seal of the National Disaster Medical SystemNational Disaster Medical System
The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is a federally coordinated healthcare system that supports State, local, Tribal and Territorial authorities following disasters and emergencies by supplementing health and medical systems and response capabilities. The men and women who serve with NDMS provide the best of care in the worst of times, helping to protect health and save lives when disaster strikes.  Learn Mo​re >>

Join MRC Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers. MRC units are community-based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources. Learn More >>

Register with Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals 

Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP)
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 >>

 U.S. Public Health Service.  America's Health Responders

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is an elite team of more than 6,500 full-time, well-trained, highly qualified public health professionals dedicated to delivering the Nation's public health promotion and disease prevention programs and advancing public health science. Driven by a passion for public service, these men and women serve on the frontlines in the Nation's fight against disease and poor health conditions. Learn More >>

There may also be ways to serve through your state health department. To learn more about serving with your state, contact your state or health department or emergency management agency.​​​

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  • This page last reviewed: August 05, 2020