The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will coordinate the skills of practicing and retired physicians, nurses and other health professionals who are eager to volunteer during emergency situations.

The Medical Reserve Corps will provide communities with medical volunteers who can assist health professionals during large-scale local emergency. Local community officials will develop their own Medical Reserve Corps and identify the duties of the MRC volunteers according to specific community needs.

For example, MRC volunteers may deliver necessary public health services during a crisis, assist emergency response teams with patients, and provide care directly to those with less serious injuries and other health-related issues. MRC volunteers may also serve a vital role by assisting their communities with ongoing public health needs (e.g., immunizations, health and nutrition education, and volunteering in community health centers and local hospitals).

Once established, how the local MRC unit is utilized will be decided locally. The MRC unit will make decisions, with local officials, Citizen Corps Council, etc., on activating the community Medical Reserve Corps during a local emergency.