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Multnomah County's Medical Reserve Corp is a voluntary unit, made up of local licensed healthcare professionals, who will be called on to assist in the response to a large-scale heath or medical emergency.


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Who can join?

Any of the following types of medical professionals who are licensed through the state of Oregon and in good standing with their board:

  • Acupuncturists
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
  • Chiropractors
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Dentists
  • Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Emergency Medical Technicians/Paramedics
  • Environmental Health Specialists
  • Licensed Behavioral Health Specialists
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Licensed Professional Counselors/Therapists
  • Medical Doctors
  • Morticians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Podiatrists
  • Radiology Technologists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Respiratory Therapist


Volunteers will participate in large-scale emergency response operations and may supplement staff shortages at healthcare facilities. Types of operations include:

  • Community reception centers
  • Disease investigation and contact tracing
  • Flu clinics
  • Mass prophylaxis/vaccination clinics and point-of-dispensing sites


Volunteers will be activated when additional health professionals are needed to meet the demands of a health or medical emergency. You will be contacted by email or phone when your unit has been activated.


The Medical Reserve Corps program provides a basic orientation. If the unit 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

Volunteers work under the Multnomah County Health Department emergency response plan. When activated, you will be covered for medical liability protection and workers compensation.


If you're thinking about joining, you should consider your current work or family obligations. During an emergency:

  • 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?

Why the Medical Reserve Corps Was Created

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

Because our area may need additional healthcare providers to support the health and medical aspects of an emergency response, Multnomah County relies on its Medical Reserve Corps to strengthen its response.

Contact Us

Medical Reserve Corps
426 SW Stark St, 7th floor
Portland, OR 97204

Melissa McKinney