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About the MRC Units

What is the typical MRC unit?

There is no "typical" MRC unit. Each unit organizes in response to the area's specific needs. A region's hazard threats, health concerns, and the organization in which the unit is established (health department, faith-based organization, etc.), will dictate what an MRC “looks like.” With community resources and partners that span a spectrum from local voluntary organizations to private corporations, the "face" of each MRC community is unique. However, the goals of the MRC are similar; units work toward bettering their local area's public health infrastructure and strengthening their response capabilities in the event of an emergency. The differences exist in how each community reaches these goals.

What are the benefits of becoming an MRC unit?

There are many benefits in becoming an MRC unit. A registered MRC unit receives immediate recognition in their community, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), and nationwide. The MRC unit is offered technical assistance from the MRC Program, which is housed under the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Local MRC units can take advantage of efforts to coordinate and collaborate with other federal agencies and the multitude of national medical, health, and emergency response organizations. Through these collaborative efforts, the MRC Program identifies the activities, research, and technologies that these agencies and organizations are engaged in and passes information to the local MRC units through best practices, education and training, and technical assistance to help the local units continue to set their goals to meet the changing needs of their communities.

How can I get information on how other MRC units operate?

The MRC offers a two-way listserv to allow for those active in the program to share ideas, resources, best practices, and lessons learned. This listserv is conversational and allows for great interaction between units, the MRC Program, and others involved in the program. Contact information for each unit can be found on the Find MRC Units page.

What funding is available for MRC units?

MRC units nationwide are finding various funding sources from federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services. A “one-stop shop” for federal grants can be found at  Others are obtaining funds from state and local agencies and organizations. Some are even receiving funds from private organizations.

What are the benefits to my community of starting an MRC unit?

Starting an MRC unit in a community has multiple benefits. MRC units provide a structured way to organize medical and public health professionals who serve as volunteers to respond to natural disasters and emergencies. These volunteers assist communities nationwide during emergencies and for ongoing efforts in public health. 

Registered MRC units can request technical assistance from the MRC Program and apply for use of the official trademarked MRC logo.

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