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Starting an MRC Unit

Start an MRC Unit

Interested in Starting a Medical Reserve Corps Unit?

Starting a unit in your community is a commitment to the health and safety of your family, friends, and neighbors. There are roughly 800 MRC units across the country, including U.S. territories, with more than 200,000 volunteers working to strengthen public health, prepare for and respond to disasters, and build community resilience.


The First Step: Contact Your MRC Regional Liaison

MRC units can be started in communities that do not have one, and because each community is different, its approach to establishing an MRC unit will be different as well. 

To establish an MRC unit, you must first contact the MRC Regional Liaison for your state. They will review the registration criteria with you and determine the next steps, if appropriate, for establishing a unit in your community.


MRC Registration Criteria

The Medical Reserve Corps program is committed to helping establish a strong, viable national network of local MRC units. In order to be approved for initial registration, and to continue that registration status, MRC units must meet unit registration criteria. These registration criteria encompass the basic and fundamental principles necessary to successfully implement and administer an MRC. These criteria also serve as a baseline that allows the MRC Program to monitor and evaluate initial and ongoing efforts of individual MRC units. View MRC unit registration criteria and FAQs.



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  • This page last reviewed: May 18, 2021