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Core competencies

We encourage all active members of a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit, at a minimum, to be able to:

  • Describe the procedure and steps necessary for the MRC member to protect the health, safety and overall wellbeing of themselves, their families, the team and the community.
  • Document that the MRC member has a personal and family preparedness plan in place.
  • Describe the chain of command, integration of the MRC and its application to a given incident.
  • Describe the role of the local MRC unit in public health and/or emergency response, and its application to a given incident.
  • Describe the MRC member's communication role(s) and processes with response partners, media, the public and others.
  • Describe the impact of an event on the mental health of the MRC member, responders and others.
  • Demonstrate the MRC member's ability to follow procedures for assignment, activation, reporting and deactivation.
  • Identify limits to own skills, knowledge and abilities as they pertain to MRC role(s).


The UMass Amherst MRC requests that all volunteers complete both the Incident Command System (IS-100.HC) and National Incident Management System (IS-700.a) trainings. Both are available online through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Click on a course name for more information:

IS-100.HC – Introduction to ICS for Healthcare/Hospitals

IS-700.a – NIMS: An Introduction

Policies and procedures

The Hampshire Regional MRC's Policy and Procedure Manual is filled with valuable information for members. Download a copy...