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Core Competencies for MRC Volunteers 

We encourage all active members of a Medical Reserve Corps unit, at a minimum, be able to:


  • Describe the procedure and steps necessary for the MRC member to protect health, safety, and overall well-being of themselves, their families, the team, and the community. (See 72 Hour Kit)
  • Document that the MRC member has a personal and family preparedness plan in place.
  • Describe the chain of command (e.g., Emergency Management Systems, ICS, NIMS), the integration of the MRC, and its application to a given incident. 
  • Describe the role of the local MRC unit in public health and/or emergency response and its application to a given incident.
  • Describe the MRC member’s communication role(s) and processes with response partners, media, general public, and others.
  • Describe the impact of an event on the mental health of the MRC member, responders, and others.
  • Demonstrate the MRC member’s ability to follow procedures for assignment, activation, reporting, and deactivation.
  • Identify limits to own skills, knowledge, and abilities as they pertain to MRC role(s).


 The MRC will provide you with opportunities and resources to fulfill these objectives.