The Norfolk Board of Health, working in partnership with other public safety agencies, is seeking individuals who are interested in joining a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)/Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  A MRC/CERT is made up of volunteers who assist in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. The MRC/CERT may also be called upon to help during the year with routine events (e.g. Annual Flu Clinic, Health Fair, or Public Health Outreach). 

 We are seeking the following volunteers:

1. Medical, Public, and Mental Health Professionals: doctors, physician’s assistants, nurses, Paramedics, EMT’s, pharmacists, medical technicians, counselors, social workers, psychologists, veterinarians, epidemiologists, etc.

2. Volunteer Coordinators: People who are interested in organizing meetings and developing and maintaining the Medical/Emergency Reserve volunteers.

3. Clerical Support: greeters, registrars, general administrative help

4. Security: traffic flow, parking, etc.

5. Transportation: to help people get to our dispensing sites.

6. Child Care: for our other volunteers

Become familiar with existing local emergency plans, procedures, and facilities

Benefits of volunteering with the Norfolk Medical Reserve Corps:

  1. Serve your family, friends, neighbors and loved ones in your town and beyond
  2. Be part of a team trained to provide medical, public, and mental health support during an emergency
  3. Network with other medical and public health professionals, as part of a critically important and specialized team
  4. Participate in initiatives that enhance and strengthen public health such as vaccination and health education programs
  5. Free training and continuing education credits – learn about:
    • Personal safety in emergency situations
    • Sheltering
    • Emergency management
    • Incident Command System
    • Become familiar with existing local emergency plans, procedures, and facilities

We will be hosting two informational sessions on the Medical Reserve Corps program on the following date and times: 

Date:            April 3, 2007

Times:          2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Location:       Norfolk Public Library – 139 Main Street

If you cannot attend either of these meetings and are interested in becoming a MRC volunteer, please send along your contact information so we can keep you updated on future MRC meetings and volunteer opportunities:

Name: ___________________________________________          

Address: _________________________________________          

Phone: __________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________________

Profession: _______________________________________

Return to:        Norfolk Board of Health

One Liberty Lane

Norfolk, MA 02056


Please visit the Federal Medical Reserve Corps website for general information at: or the Federal Citizen Corps at:  for additional information.


Should you have any questions or need additional information about the MRC please contact Betsy Fijol at # 508-528-7747, email: or Richard Clancy at #508-528-3207, email:



John Lavin, Chairman

Peter Chipman, Clerk

Thomas Gilbert, Member