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.

How to sign up

Click here for directions to sign up for the MRC

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

For more information, contact the Putnam County Department of Health at 845-808-1390.

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This site was updated August 30, 2018.