Medical Reserve Corps of Eastern Washington

Integrated and prepared to effectively respond.

Program Overview

Medical Reserve Corps of Eastern Washington consists of volunteers called upon to assist in responding to local, regional, or national emergencies or disasters.

Volunteers are given the opportunity to engage in local health-related programs, such as vaccination clinics, suicide prevention programs, personal & family preparedness education, and community events like Bloomsday, that help build community resilience and volunteer skills.

Volunteers can come from many fields, including:

  • Physicians
  • Registered nurses
  • Veterinarians
  • Mental health professionals
  • PAs
  • Chaplains
  • Paramedics & EMTs
  • Law enforcement
  • Other non-medical volunteers such as administrative support, security, and educators


The program is funded with grant dollars from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response, with additional project money coming from National Association of City and County Health Officials. Medical Reserve Corps of Eastern Washington works with outside agencies like American Red Cross, Greater Spokane Emergency Management, healthcare facilities, and Emergency Medical Services to carry out its mission.



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Education

Volunteers are asked to complete required training, including:

  • ICS -100 & IS-700
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • CPR/AED/BBP

Additional training may be available to MRC volunteers, including:

  • American Red Cross
    • shelter fundamentals
    • psychological first aid
  • Disaster Mental Health
  • Vaccination
  • and more...

MRC volunteers may work with community groups to provide training in many areas:

  • Question Persuade & Refer (QPR) - three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide
  • Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Hospital Emergency Response Team activities
  • Training on the proper use of naloxone to help individuals who are overdosing from opioids
  • Many other areas

National Medical Reserve Corp

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Average number of Medical Reserve Corps of Eastern Washington activities annually

Medical Reserve Corps of Eastern Washington By the Numbers

  • 186 volunteers
  • 3,079 total number of volunteer hours contributed
  • $116,426 economic value of contribution of volunteer hours
  • Participation in three emergency responses annually
  • Participation in 70 non-emergency activities annually

The best way to help during a disaster is to join a local volunteer organization and complete the required training prior to an emergency.


MRC of EW Volunteer Video


Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program

Working with other public health staff, healthcare providers and community agencies to respond effectively to health emergencies in and around Spokane County

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