Q: What is the role of the Central New York Regional Medical Reserve Corps?
A: The CNYMRC is a group of volunteer healthcare professionals and other community volunteers who are trained to respond to community needs during a local or regional crisis, whether natural or man-made. The CNYMRC may also work to help strengthen the overall health and well-being of our community.
Q: Why must I register through ServNY?
A: ServNY is the state’s on-line volunteer database. The CNYMRC chose to utilize this tool for consistency and ease of use. ServNY automatically verifies your medical credentials, routinely requests that information be updated, and allows the CNYMRC to easily notify you for activation in an emergency. Also, because you choose which counties you would like to serve, you will not be contacted for activities in other areas.
Q: What is my time commitment?
A: That is really your choice. We do ask that all volunteers who want to be activated during a crisis or participate in exercises and drills as medical personnel go through training. Most of these training courses are online and at your own pace. In-class versions of these courses are offered as well. In total, you are looking at roughly 16-20 hours of training to be considered active. These required courses must be completed within 6 months of attending CNYMRC Orientation. The CNYMRC asks that all members participate in one public health activity and one incident (drill, exercise) activity each year.
Q: How can I be involved while completing my required training?
A: CNYMRC volunteers who are not yet considered active can still participate as non-medical volunteers in any activities, including drills, exercises, and crises. Any CNYMRC volunteer can also participate in public health activities, such as health fairs.
Q: What if I want to be more involved?
A: There are optional courses in risk communications, customer service and more to be considered. Also, as the CNYMRC grows and evolves, volunteers will be given opportunities to participate in the management of the group.