Unit Administrator Resources

This page contains a supply of resources for Medical Reserve Corps Coordinators and Administrators of a Maryland Responds Local or Response Unit. The purpose of this page is to build the capacity of the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps Network by sharing resources, information and best practices for improved processes and operations.


Maryland Responds Unit Administrator Resources

Maryland Responds Volunteer Management Guide V3.1 - This document was developed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), Office of Preparedness & Response (OP&R), MD Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MDRMRC) State Program, to strengthen the capacity of the MDRMRC Network. Information contained in this document includes Maryland
specific information and will serve as a supplement to National MRC Network information and resources. This document is designed to provide MDRMRC Units guidance on building local volunteer management capacity and infrastructure.

Maryland Responds Identity Toolkit - This toolkit serves as a resource to help promote and build awareness of the statewide identity for the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Network. It provides the information necessary for Maryland Responds local and response units to effectively communicate their roles and functions in the community. It also will help reinforce a consistent image and message about the MRC, both state- and nationwide.
State Activation Request Form - Instructions on submitting a statewide volunteer activation request. If local resources have been exhausted and additional volunteers are needed, a request may be made to the state to activate volunteers regionally or statewide.
Maryland Responds Unit Administrator Access Instructions - Instructions for gaining administrator access to the Maryland Responds Registry. The Maryland Responds Registry is administered and maintained by the Maryland Responds state program, which provides unit administrators with training and technical assistance for utilizing the Registry. In Maryland, management of volunteers through the Registry is a shared responsibility between the state, local and response unit administrators. This state and local coordination provides a unified and systematic mechanism for volunteer coordination and management. 
HO Memo OPR 16-1 Local Utilization of the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps - On June 13, 2016, ​this HO Memo was sent out to all Health Officers and PHEPs. The purpose of the memo is to provide​ an​ update on the Maryland Responds MRC, ​an overview of the capabilities ​the program offers to local​ jurisdictions and the health officer​'s r​ole in activations.
MDR Zika Response Flier and Outreach Guide - Potential MRC Activities for Zika - The DHMH Office of Preparedness and Response (OP&R) organizes and manages the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), which is a community-based network of local MRC units in Maryland. The network comprises over 4,500 volunteer Maryland Responders organized as a state program with local units. Maryland Responds local units are housed within the local health departments and are managed by health department staff who serve as local unit administrators. State administrators work in conjunction with local unit administrators to coordinate day-to-day management of a unit. Local units may be activated to support a wide variety of local emergency response operations as well as ongoing public health initiatives, including Zika related activities. The National MRC Program has developed guidance on a range of activities that MRC units have undertaken, or may conduct, in response to Zika virus.
Local Unit Administrators - The decision to activate Maryland Responds volunteers to support a local emergency or public health activity will be made locally. The health officer serves as the local unit’s activation authority. A health officer’s approval of local volunteer activations enables volunteers to benefit from state liability protections. For more information on your jurisdiction’s Maryland Responds unit please discuss this information with your public health emergency planner and your Maryland Responds local unit administrator. To view a list of Maryland Responds local unit administrators, visit: http://bit.ly/mdrLocalAdmin.


Updated October 27, 2016