Medical Reserve Corps

Napa County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) & Medical Volunteers

Group of volunteers during training taking an oathThere are many types of disasters that can befall a community. In most cases, we are well prepared to meet the health care demands that such an event may present. However, some instances increase the demand for healthcare services so much that we may need to supplement the services regularly offered. In such a situation, called medical surge, Napa County may have to rely on volunteers to provide healthcare services.

Types of Volunteers

Healthcare volunteers have two options:

  1. Medical Volunteers
    Recommended for volunteers who would like to register with Napa County so their contact information and skills are known prior to a disaster.
  2. Napa County MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) Unit
    Part of the national MRC program, recommended for volunteers who in addition to registering in advance of a disaster would like to take training offered through the national program.

Check out the details on the difference between the two programs


Napa County Public Health will facilitate training, conduct exercises and offer health education and outreach volunteer opportunities throughout the year to prepare for and improve our response to emergencies. By creating your profile on the California Disaster Healthcare Volunteer website, you will receive emails about upcoming opportunities. Some events may be posted on the Event Calendar online. However the best way to stay informed of opportunities is by creating and maintaining an up to date profile through the California Disaster Healthcare Volunteer website

Zombie Emergency Preparedness

Two public health volunteers with green face paint to look like zombiesThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) developed "Zombie Emergency Preparedness" as a way to creatively teach emergency preparedness and flu prevention. Find out more about this program from the CDC.

In this photo, two MRC volunteers teach hand washing skills at a wellness fair. Interested in volunteering? Follow these steps to create your MRC profile and receive notifications about opportunities. Don't worry, zombie makeup is optional!

More Information

If you have suggestions or questions about training or volunteer opportunities please email us or call 707-253-4341.