The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) coordinates efforts to plan and implement delivery of medical care in our community in case of emergency. Emergency conditions can quickly isolate our community from outside medical resources, including access to hospitals in Seaside to the north and Tillamook to the south, so it is vital that we plan for local access to healthcare in the event of a disaster.
We work with The Rinehart Clinic, Manzanita Adventist Health Clinic, Tillamook County Health Department, American Red Cross and others to provide medical support for our local clinics as well as emergency shelters.
The Nehalem Bay MRC is a registered Medical Reserve Corps unit under the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. Medical professionals in the MRC may work in emergency situations to provide medical and psychological support at shelters and local clinics, in neighborhood assembly sites or elsewhere as needed. In the absence of an emergency, MRC members also promote community well-being and preparedness by teaching disaster First Aid skills at local schools and to CERT and MYN members, supporting Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue with a Firefighter Rehab program, and engaging with community partners to plan for disasters.
Potential volunteers include full-time residents or second home owners who are or were healthcare providers. All kinds of healthcare providers are welcome and needed, including nurses, physicians, naturopaths, chiropractors, dentists, EMTs, pharmacists, veterinarians, mental health professionals, social workers and many others. Anyone with a healthcare background is welcome to join us. If you’re wondering how you can help, please contact us!
To provide emergency medical support, MRC members will need skills outside the usual office or even hospital practice, including emergency/first responder skills and the ability to practice in austere conditions with limited supplies, equipment and specialist support. Thus the MRC provides training opportunities in needed skills, such as Psychological First Aid, Disaster First Aid and Wilderness First Aid, both to MRC members and to the wider emergency preparedness community.
To learn of upcoming training opportunities, please visit our EVCNB calendar.