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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Join the Public Health Reserve Corps!

Medical Reserve Corps logo What is the Public Health Reserve Corps?

The Public Health Reserve Corps (PHRC) is a group of local medical and non-medical workers who can augment Public Health as volunteers during a public health emergency or disaster.

PHRC volunteers during a drillThe mission of the PHRC is to enhance Public Health's ability to respond to public health emergencies or disasters to limit injury, illness, suffering and death.

When every minute counts, the PHRC will play a major role with: 

  • Setting up, and running a temporary field hospital, medication center or supporting Mass Care Sheltering
  • Setting up and running pet and livestock shelters
  • Dispensing medications
  • Administering vaccinations
  • Providing information and support to the community
  • Conducting health screening

The PHRC Volunteer Organization chart

Bilingual speakers wanted for PHRC

In an effort to ensure equal access to emergency information and services, Public Health - Seattle & King County is working to increase the language capacity and diversity among  Public Health Reserve Corps volunteers.   We are looking to build our reserve corps with volunteers who are multilingual and can provide culturally appropriate services to king county residents in the event of an emergency or disaster.

As you may know, the demographics of King County are changing and we are becoming increasingly diverse!   Approximately 11% of King County residents speak English "not well" and 3% don't speak English at all.  By joining the PHRC, you will be working with us to assure equity - before, during and after an emergency.  Sign up today and help your community!"

Why should I join the PHRC?
  • Make a difference in your community – give back
  • You will be the first to receive critical updates on emergencies and disasters
  • Team up with friends and colleagues
  • Learn how to better prepare for disaster
  • Fellowship
  • Gain valuable training
Who can volunteer with the PHRC?
Currently, Public Health is recruiting for the following:

Licensed medical volunteer roles:

  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • EMT/Paramedic
  • Licensed Practical Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Mental Health Counselor - Registered or Licensed
  • Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician
  • Physician and Physician Assistant
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Veterinarian
  • Vet Technician

Non-medical, non-licensed support volunteer roles (a very important need):

  • Administrative Support
  • Call Center Operator
  • Chaplains/Spiritual Care Worker
  • Driver
  • Flow Control
  • Greeter
  • Support Volunteer

Who cannot join the Public Health Reserve Corps:

  • King County employees – you already have a job during disasters
  • Minors – You must be at least 18 years old to join the PHRC
Steps to become a volunteer:

1. Frequently Asked Questions

2. Learn how to apply and attend a New Volunteer Orientation

To contact us, please email us at or use our online form.

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) promotional videos

NACCHO has developed two videos to spread the word about the work of the MRC in communities across the country! The first video is a short promotion that can be used to recruit volunteers and is suitable for local TV networks. The second video is a longer overview about the scope of the MRC's volunteer activities and is great to share with your community's political and business leaders, partners, and stakeholders. Learn more about Medical Reserve Corps units throughout the U.S.

About the Medical Reserve Corps (1 min/1 sec.)

About the Medical Reserve Corps (6 min/45 sec.)

Thanks to our community partners for their assistance in the development of the Public Health Reserve Corps and with volunteer recruitment:
King County Medical Society logo
King County Medical Society
Washington State Nurses Association logo
Washington State Nurses Association
Washington State Pharmacy Association logo
Washington State Pharmacy Association
University of Washington logo
University of Washington Health Sciences Center