MAG Medical Reserve Corps
With the approval of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) are developing the nation's first medical society-sponsored statewide volunteer medical reserve corps (MRC) – which will supplement the official medical and public health and emergency services resources that are available in the state.
The MAG MRC will train physicians to respond to declared emergencies in Georgia, including natural disasters – such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, and floods. It will also train physicians to respond to other emergencies affecting public health (e.g., disease outbreaks) – as well as those that have the potential to compromise a hospital’s ability to respond and operate.
The MAG MRC will establish a system to coordinate the deployment of physicians during any such emergencies. MAG MRC units will be capable of setting up mobile hospital systems. And under extreme circumstances (e.g., a shortage of health care providers in a given area), MAG MRC units will be called upon to perform some of the functions that would otherwise be performed by the full-time emergency medical response personnel in the state.
MAG formed the MRC as a result of action that its House of Delegates took in 2013.
The MRC consists of nearly 1,000 community-based units and more than 200,000 across the U.S. – including 19 approved MRCs in Georgia.
Physicians must register on the “Georgia Responds: State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Georgia” (SERVGA) before they can serve as a MAG MRC volunteer.
- America's PrepareAthon (FEMA, hazards information)
- CDC extreme heat prevention guide
- Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps
- Data.gov (disaster-related datasets, tools & updates)
- FEMA 'National Preparedness Report' (2016)
- Georgia DPH Medical Reserve Corps web page
- GHA disaster drills and exercises web page
- GHA ‘Disaster Readiness Line’ (articles, training, events, etc.)
- HCPP Training Calendar (2016)
- HPH "Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Health Care Setting" resource