Volunteer readiness is an important consideration for any volunteer organization that responds to emergencies. Adequate training is cited as an important factor for volunteer retention, wiliness to deploy, and a greater reported confidence and perceived capabilitiy. In 2013, NACCHO conducted a survey of all MRC units in the country to assess unit administration, capabilities, and community impact. These data are the basis of original research investigating several MRC unit characteristics associated with having a volunteer training plan. A manuscript by NACCHO and the Division of Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps was published in the most recent edition of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal (paid access). The research reveals leadership and partnerships play a positive role in facilitating the implementation of training programs.
For more information:
Medical Reserve Corps – Guide to retention of MRC Volunteers: A guide for local MRC units