Frequently Asked Questions

OC MRC is a community-based volunteer unit sponsored by the County of Orange Health Care Agency, to engage communities in preparing for emergencies and support public health staffing in response to public health emergencies and health promotion.

The MRC Team is comprised of volunteers from all professions and skill levels. If you are:

  1. Interested in responding to public health emergencies and disasters;
  2. A professional with a current medical, health, or mental health license; in good standing
  3. A retired medical, health, or mental health professional; or
  4. A professional with a Public Health background and/or training
  5. Over 18 years old.


During a large public health emergency or disaster, volunteers are needed to support Orange County Department of Public Health in their response to serve the community. The primary large scale response will be assisting at mass dispensing sites, called Points of Dispensing (POD).

You may be asked to dispense medication, screen clients, distribute information, direct clients through the POD process, provide mental health consultation, or perform support functions. MRC members may also be deployed for other emergencies such as medical sheltering, triage or first aid stations.

Assignments will be determined according to your skills, expertise and the needs of the response.You will never be asked to function in roles outside of your skill set.

As a volunteer, you will also have the opportunity to support public health activities throughout the year.

No. Assignments will be given on a as needed basis and will depend on your skills. We ask that you be flexible.

You may register online at

The information we have is stored in a secured system and will only be accessible to official representatives.

Your contact information will only be used to assist us in contacting you regarding trainings and emergency deployment. We do not sell, rent, or otherwise share your personal information with any third parties.