TRENTON, N.J.—At a kickoff event for the initiative, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced the creation of a Medical Reserve Corps for Mercer County. A cooperative effort between the County and the State of New Jersey, the MRC seeks to provide trained, dedicated medical volunteers to assist Mercer County residents during their time of need. According to Hughes, “The MRC program constitutes a wonderful opportunity for civilians to learn about emergency management and make a substantive impact on the lives of their neighbors.”
Specific program objectives include coordinating volunteers to assist during emergencies, training volunteers to provide them with appropriate skills, deploying volunteers during emergencies, and cooperating with other Mercer County volunteer agencies to create a unified response system for emergency and non-emergency medical situations. MRC volunteers will perform a diverse array of duties, helping with registration of other volunteers, patient care, traffic control, and possibly even translation for volunteers proficient in languages other than English.
Anyone wishing to join the MRC may register by visiting www.njmrc.nj.gov and filling out an application. Once a person’s application has been processed, he or she will receive email notification informing him or her whether or not he or she may participate. “I encourage anyone who is interested in helping Mercer County prepare for emergencies to visit this site and learn about the MRC program,” said Hughes.