For MRC Members

Core Competencies

Active members of a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit should, at a minimum, to be able to:

  • Describe the procedure and steps necessary for them to protect the health, safety and overall wellbeing of  their families, the team,  the community and themselves. 

  • Document that they have 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 victims, responders and others, including themselves. 

  • Demonstrate their ability to follow procedures for assignment, activation, reporting and deactivation. 

  • Identify limits to their skills, knowledge and abilities as they pertain to MRC role(s). 


UMass Amherst MRC volunteers must 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...