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During a response to a public health emergency, pre-trained and pre-registered volunteers may be needed to assist with various tasks. In 2008, Olmsted County Public Health Services created the Medical Reserve Corps of Olmsted County (MRCOC). The mission of the MRCOC is to enhance the emergency response capabilities in Olmsted County by recruiting and training a corps of medical, non-medical and public health volunteers to assist in response to a public health emergency.
In 2009, volunteers were utilized within our H1N1 vaccination clinics. They assisted as ushers, registration clerks, and forms reviewers. In 2010, MRCOC volunteers assisted in the flood response. Volunteers were utilized to deliver clean up information to area businesses in flood impacted communities within Olmsted County. They also responded on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Health to provide general behavioral health at the Disaster Recovery Center in Mazeppa.