Medical Reserve Corps

What is the Medical Reserve Corps?

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers that are organized at a state, regional or local level to improve the health and safety of their communities. The National MRC Program is overseen by the Administration for Strategic Preparedness & Response (

North Carolina’s Healthcare Preparedness Program is the lead state coordination entity for MRC Units in North Carolina and oversees the North Carolina State Medical Response System (SMRS). The SMRS provides support to an overwhelmed healthcare system by supplying necessary equipment, assets and/or personnel needed to provide medical care specifically during emergencies and disasters. Inclusion of our Medical Reserve Corp Units across North Carolina in the SMRS is an integral part of our program’s vision to “To Build a Prepared, Resilient and Sustainable Healthcare Community.”

Why is the Medical Reserve Corps Needed?

The need for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was identified after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. Medical and public health professionals were eager to volunteer in support of emergency relief activities. The influx of volunteers showed the need for an organized approach to channel their efforts. The MRC was then established to provide a way to recruit, train, and activate volunteers to respond to disasters and other public health emergencies.

MRC STTRONG Cooperative Agreement Details

ASPR recently announced an award of $50 Million to Strengthen the Medical Reserve Corps across the country:

North Carolina is excited to announce that we were awarded $1,800,000 as part of this project known as the Medical Reserve Corp – State, Territory and Tribal Nations, Representative Organizations for Next Generation (MRC STTRONG).

North Carolina’s MRC STTRONG project goal is to Bolster North Carolina’s Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) Units as part of the NC State Medical Response System (SMRS).

To accomplish this goal, we are utilizing the following strategies:

  1. Strong, Reliable, and Coordinated MRC Programs across North Carolina
  2. Ensure ongoing recruitment and retention of dedicated individuals willing to support the MRCs in North Carolina
  3. Robust and standardized training requirements for the State Medical Response System personnel inclusive of all MRC units in NC
  4. Refine primary deployment types (sheltering, dedicated events etc.) for the MRC Programs based on gaps identified in the State Medical Response System and the state’s risk analysis.
  5. Improve mental health resiliency for all State Medical Response System Staff

To learn more about North Carolina Healthcare Preparedness MRC-STTRONG Funding Opportunities please review the MRC Grant Project Process.

North Carolina MRC Units

MRC Unit Map

Click a star on the map for contact information for each MRC.

MRC Unit Map
Appalachian MRC Mountain Regional MRC Metrolina MRC Person County MRC NC-400 Duke Trauma RAC/SMAT Capital MRC MidCarolina SMAT Radiological Emergency Volunteer Corps NC Baptist Men MRC Onslow County MRC Southeastern HPR MRC

Appalachian MRC

Boone, NC
Contact: Jennifer Schroeder Tyson
Email: [email protected]

Mountain Regional MRC

Flat Rock, NC
Contact: Mark Stepp
Email: [email protected]

Metrolina MRC

Charlotte, NC
Contact: Daniel Glaser-Reich
Email: [email protected]

Person County MRC

Roxboro, NC
Contact: Josh Holland
Email: [email protected]

NC-400 Duke Trauma RAC/SMAT

Durham, NC
Contact: Courtney Rideout
Email: [email protected]

Capital MRC

Raleigh, NC
Contact: Katrina Shearin
Email: [email protected]

MidCarolina SMAT

Chapel Hill, NC
Contact: Joshua Fox
Email: [email protected]

Radiological Emergency Volunteer Corps

Raleigh, NC
Contact: Samantha Royster
Email: [email protected]

NC Baptist Men MRC

Raleigh, NC
Contact: Laurie Sillings
Email: [email protected]

Onslow County MRC

Jacksonville, NC
Contact: Dominique Van Pelt
Email: [email protected]

Southeastern HPR MRC

Wilmington, NC
Contact: Hans Edwards
Email: [email protected]