The Putnam County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) recruits and trains volunteers to support the county in the event of an emergency or disaster. Their mission is to serve the community by strengthening public health, improving emergency response capabilities and building community resiliency. The Putnam MRC is one of nearly 1,000 MRCs nationwide that organize locally.

MRC volunteers include not only medical and public health professionals, but also other community members without healthcare backgrounds. They prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as hurricanes and blizzards, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks. They may also contribute to community health activities that promote healthy habits.

The Putnam County MRC needs you!

Disasters can strike close to home and without any notice. Make a difference in your community. Join this group of dedicated volunteers, both medical and non-medical. Retired community residents often have valuable experience and are encouraged to volunteer. A few examples of needed volunteers are:

  • interpreters/translators
  • amateur radio operators
  • chaplains
  • clerical assistance
  • administrative support
  • logistical support
  • pharmacists
  • infectious disease specialists
  • dentists
  • veterinarians
  • mental health professionals


Traditional medical personnel including physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are also needed.

In short, anyone with a commitment to the residents of Putnam County is welcome.

To volunteer

Two ways to volunteer:

  1. Fill out the Putnam County pre-registration form available here and return it to the Putnam County Department of Health, 1 Geneva Road, Brewster, NY 10509, or by email to
  2. Preregistration Form: Pre-registration form
  3. Visit ServNY and register as a volunteer through the NYS site
  4. Become a Community MRC Volunteer through the New York State secured site!

You will be sent further information and an enrollment form to complete and return. After enrollment, an orientation will be scheduled and training opportunities will be made available.

For more information

Contact the Putnam County Department of Health at 845-808-1390, or email

Other resources:


This site was updated August 26, 2016.