About Metro East MRC

The Medical Reserve Corps Short Promo

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers focused on emergency preparedness. The Metro East MRC Unit, previously the Region 4B MRC, is hosted by the Arlington Health Department and covers 18 of the 27 communities within Massachusetts Emergency Preparedness Region 4B: Arlington, Belmont, Braintree, Cambridge, Chelsea, Cohasset, Everett, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Norwell, Quincy, Revere, Scituate, Somerville, Watertown, Weymouth, and Winthrop.

MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities, and build community resiliency. Volunteers prepare for and respond to a wide variety of public health emergencies, such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and acts of terrorism; volunteers also participate in several community-based events, such as flu clinics, parades, and health fairs.