Public Health

Linn County Medical Reserve Corps

The Linn County Medical Reserve Corps (LCMRC) is a team of medical and support personnel available to provide volunteer surge capacity in times of need. Volunteers are trained and ready to support medical and emergency response activities in the event of a natural or man-made disaster or other public health emergency.

In the event of an emergency which requires surge personnel, it is important that volunteers be pre-trained, credentialed, and organized in order to facilitate smooth and rapid integration into response efforts. The LCMRC increases community resiliency by providing such a pool of volunteers who are ready to respond in times of need.

History of the LCMRC

The Medical Reserve Corps was created as a national program in 2002 as a response to the events of September 11th, 2001. It is a component of the umbrella organization Citizens Corps, which creates local opportunities for individuals to volunteer to help their communities prepare for and respond to emergencies. The Linn County Medical Reserve Corps unit was formed in July of 2005 and operates under the auspices of the Linn County Department of Public Health. As of January 2012, there were 974 locally-run units throughout the nation, including 15 in the State of Oregon.

Our mission

The mission of Linn County Medical Reserve Corps is to enhance emergency preparedness and response capabilities in Linn County by recruiting and training a corps of medical and support volunteers to assist in response to a public health emergency and to promote preparedness and public health within the community.

Our volunteers

Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, including medical, administrative, and other professional fields, and span a wide range of ages. Most volunteers live or work within Linn County, but there is no residency requirement; all individuals who wish to volunteer with the LCMRC and who are able to respond to a Linn County event in a timely fashion are eligible to apply. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and able to provide their own transportation to LCMRC events and activities.

Volunteer commitment

All individuals should consider their personal responsibilities and obligations to family, work, or other commitments prior to volunteering. In the event of an emergency, there is no mandatory deployment; all members are expected to fulfill personal obligations before participating in LCMRC activities.

Upcoming Orientations and Trainings

January 15th-The Lebanon Police Department is offering an emergency preparedness training at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. This training is free and open to the public. Please email our MRC Coordinator if you are interested mrc@co.linn.or.us

We will be holding a training session in April and an orientation in May, but no final dates are set. More information will be available in the early spring.

How to join

For more information on joining the Medical Reserve Corps, please contact the Unit Coordinator at mrc@co.linn.or.us or 541-967-3888 ext 2096, or register online with the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR).

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Office Hours

Most office sites are open Monday through Friday:

8:30 a.m. to noon
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

You can contact us at the addresses and telephone numbers below or by e-mailing our staff.

Location

Albany

Main Office   view map
2730 SE Pacific Blvd
Albany, OR 97321

Telephone: 541-967-3888 (Available 24/7 for communicable disease reporting call 541-750-0090)
FAX: 541-926-2102
Toll free: 1-800-304-7468
TTY/TTD: 1-800-735-2900

Lebanon

Office   view map
1600 S Main St
Lebanon, OR 97355

Telephone: 541-451-5932
FAX: 541-258-5704
Toll free: 1-888-451-2631

Sweet Home

Office   view map
799 Long St
Sweet Home, OR 97386

Telephone: 541-367-3888
FAX: 541-367-2407
Toll free: 1-800-920-7571

Other Resources

Current Oregon Health Hazards
Influenza Updates
Strategic Health Plan
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