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

How to sign up

To serve as an MRC volunteer, you must be registered with both New York State and Putnam County. Registration does not guarantee that you will be called upon, nor does it mean that you must participate if called.

  1. Register with ServNY, the online New York State Volunteer Management System:
  2. Make sure to indicate Putnam County as a county where you will serve.
  3. You will be sent further information and an orientation will be scheduled.
  4. If you do not have computer access, or have difficulties with the online ServNY registration process, please fill out registration form at PCDOH website: Return it to the Putnam County Department of Health by mail to: 1 Geneva Road, Brewster, NY 10509, or by email to You will be contacted by the Putnam MRC.



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.