HHS Releases Report on MRC Response During Superstorm Sandy

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General issued Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Volunteers in New York and New Jersey During Superstorm Sandy. According to the OIG, MRC units in New York and New Jersey deployed over 2,000 MRC volunteers during the Superstorm Sandy response that provided over 18,000 hours of service. A majority of the MRC response included assisting shelter operations, including distributing clothing and food or providing medical care. The MRC units reported challenges and successes. The OIG recommended that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response work with states and localities to strengthen plans for volunteer communication, shelter staffing, and shelter operations. Read the complete report.

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