Medical Reserve Corps of Sarasota County
Emergency Preparedness and Response
2200 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota FL 34236
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national volunteer program established after 9/11 by the United States Surgeon General to pre-identify, credential and train local health and non-health professionals to respond in large-scale medical or public health emergencies such as natural disasters, disease pandemics or acts of bioterrorism and other vital public health activities.
In Sarasota County, the MRC is coordinated by DOH-Sarasota, where both medical and non-medical volunteers are pre-trained, prepared and ready to respond to community health emergencies in a structured way. When Sarasota County Emergency Management’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 (Health and Medical) is activated, MRC volunteers serve alongside public health and emergency services professionals in hurricane shelters for persons with special needs, in mass dispensing of medication/vaccination operations, or in disease outbreak investigations, to name a few examples.