MRC Deployment Readiness Resources

MRC units are positioned to support public health and emergency responses in their local communities.

The MRC Deployment Readiness Guide provides a common set of tools for MRC unit leaders to develop the capabilities of their MRC volunteers to support medical and public health emergency responses. The tools included in this guide provide a national recommended standard that can also be modified to fit the unique mission of individual MRC units. These standards can also be shared with emergency response partners to demonstrate the capabilities of MRC volunteers.

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, NACCHO awarded 2020 COVID-19 Operational Readiness Awards (ORA) to 32 MRC units to develop COVID-19 response specific mission sets. Sample mission sets collected from COVID-19 ORA awardees are now available in the new MRC Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Mission Sets for Emergency Response.

2019 Deployment Readiness Guide

The 2019 MRC Deployment Readiness Guide features a suite of deployment readiness resources for MRC unit leaders and volunteers including the following:

  • Volunteer Tier Level Recommendations
  • Deployment Readiness Checklist for Unit Leaders
  • MRC Volunteer Core Competency Training Plan
  • MRC Volunteer Deployment Readiness e-Learnings
  • Mission Sets

NACCHO appreciates the contributions received to develop these resources and recognizes members of the NACCHO MRC Advisory Group and seven MRC units that served as pilot sites for the NACCHO MRC Deployment Readiness project. For more information on the pilot sites project, see the MRC Deployment-Ready Pilot Site Project Fact Sheet

2021 MRC Deployment Workshop

Additionally, NACCHO conducted an MRC Deployment Workshop during the 2021 Preparedness Summit which was presented virtually on April 12. The goal of the MRC Deployment Workshop was to identify MRC volunteer deployment barriers, critical workforce roles, factors contributing to deployment barriers, successes that can be expanded across the network, and resources required to address barriers and future solutions.

In the report, available here, NACCHO captured inputs from the group, as well as their identification of top priorities and key takeaways. Their input included areas of success and challenges, which NACCHO categorized by different identified themes. Finally, NACCHO examined these inputs and developed supporting recommendations to maintain the successes or actions needed to address the challenges.

To support MRC Volunteer Management, NACCHO developed National Volunteer Tier Level Recommendations and a series of Deployment Readiness Checklists for Unit Leaders:

  • Volunteer Tier Level Recommendations - The MRC volunteer tier levels were developed to identify national standards for MRC volunteers based on emergency response training and experience. This tier structure is adapted from an original structure developed for Virginia MRC units and can be modified based on your unit's needs. Find the full MRC tier structure on page 9 of the Deployment Readiness Guide.
  • Deployment Readiness Checklist for Unit Leaders - The checklists cover all three phases of deployment and include a non-exhaustive yet comprehensive list of deployment activities including administration, training, equipment, response operations, and medical/safety activities. Examples and resources are also listed throughout the document. Find the Deployment Readiness Checklist on page 10 of the Deployment Readiness Guide.

NACCHO, in collaboration with the MRC Program, developed a competency set for MRC Volunteers based on the Competencies for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (DMPH).

The DMPH Competencies are designed specifically for disaster and public health preparedness, response, and management. They are widely understood to define the knowledge and skills needed for healthcare professionals and first responders to perform a task in a safe and consistent manner.

Learn about the MRC Core Competencies for MRC volunteers and resources available to implement a training plan:

NACCHO has also developed 2 MRC Volunteer eLearnings for MRC volunteers to develop foundational knowledge of what to expect before, during, and after deployments. Visit NACCHO University or MRC TRAIN to access the eLearnings from your laptop or mobile devices.

To support unit capability development, NACCHO developed MRC Mission Sets.

The term ‘mission set’ describes a scalable response and recovery capability for MRC units and volunteers that is organized, developed, trained, and exercised prior to an emergency or disaster for local, state, and/or regional deployment purposes. NACCHO's Mission Set Template is available to download here.

The mission sets and accompanying resources available in the 2019 Deployment Readiness Guide include:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NACCHO awarded 32 COVID-19 Operational Readiness Awards (ORA) in 2020 for MRC units to develop COVID-19 response specific mission sets. Examples of some of the mission sets developed are listed below.

Public Health Preparedness

Medical Reserve Corps

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Public Health Preparedness Program

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