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City of Abilene - Highlights

Posted on: January 13, 2020

Medical Professionals Encouraged to Join the Greater Abilene Medical Reserve Corps

A line of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers lined up to help citizens during a public health emergenc

The Greater Abilene Medical Reserve Corps (GAMRC) is looking for members of Abilene’s medical and first responder community to join their ranks!

GAMRC is a part of the national Medical Reserve Corps, which works to help local communities during a public health emergency by providing a rapid, coordinated, and specific response using locally recruited medical, mental health, public health, and health support volunteers trained in the latest emergency response methods.

To join the GAMRC  visit www.texasdisastervolunteerregistry.org and register an account. You can also email questions to zachary.glowczwski@abilenetx.gov or call 325.676.6356. 

The Greater Abilene Area Medical Reserve Corps (GAMRC) was established in 2009 as the primary volunteer organization to assist with public health emergencies. The GAMRC aims to form the highest caliber volunteer force by recruiting both medical and non-medical professionals.

During any phase of a public health emergency, the GAMRC will be called upon to support and collaborate with the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District.  Volunteers will assist in the activation and manning of Point of Dispensing (POD) sites to support mass prophylaxis efforts during a public health emergency.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has identified Abilene as one of the locations in Texas to host Alternate Care Sites for Texas disaster victims who require special medical needs sheltering when a large scale disaster necessitates evacuation. By becoming a GAMRC volunteer, you will support various functions of sheltering operations within the Greater Abilene Area. 

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was founded after President Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. The MRC is a specialized component of the Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Citizen Corps, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Peace Corps are all part of the President’s Freedom Corps, which promotes volunteerism and service throughout the nation.

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