Health Reserve Corps

The Health Reserve Corps (HRC) is a voluntary unit, made up of local licensed healthcare professionals, who will be called upon to assist in the response to large-scale heath or medical emergencies.


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Who can join?
HRC volunteers may include (but are not limited to) the following types of healthcare personnel:

  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Lab Technician
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Mental Health Provider
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Optometrist
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychologist
  • Radiology Technician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Social Worker

All volunteers must meet the requirements of their respective licensing or certification boards.

HRC volunteers will participate in large-scale emergency response operations and may supplement staff shortages at healthcare facilities. Volunteers may be utilized in the following operations:

  • Medical Care Points (MCP), Rapid Screening Points (RSP) (temporary screening and treatment clinics)
  • Mass prophylaxis/vaccination clinics
  • Disease investigation & contact tracing

HRC volunteers will be activated when additional health professionals are needed to meet the demands of a health or medical emergency. Volunteers will be contacted via e-mail or phone when the unit has been activated.

The HRC program will provide a basic orientation for volunteers. If the Corps is activated, members will receive “just in time” training to assure they are ready to respond to the specific event. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to participate in emergency preparedness response exercises.

Liability protection and workers compensation
All HRC volunteers will work under the Multnomah County Health Department emergency response plan. As registered volunteers of Multnomah County, volunteers will be covered for medical liability protection and workers compensation.

Considerations before volunteering
Potential volunteers should consider obligations to current work or family before volunteering.

  • In an emergency event would you already be involved in some aspect of response due to your current work responsibilities?
  • Do you have family obligations that would require your assistance during an emergency?

Why create a Health Reserve Corps?

Following the events of 9/11 and the anthrax attacks in the fall 2001, the public has increasingly recognized the importance of healthcare providers and institutions in responding to large-scale emergencies.

Because the Portland metropolitan area may need additional healthcare providers to support the health and medical aspects of an emergency response, Multnomah County Health Department has developed the Health Reserve Corps to improve our community’s preparedness. The HRC identifies providers prior to an emergency, increasing our county’s ability to rapidly and effectively respond to community health needs as they occur. This program provides a unique opportunity for health professionals to become prepared and effective elements of the health response to an emergency.