Alvin McMahon, a Somerset resident who is the director of the
Greater Fall River Medical Reserve Corps,
was asked to manage a shelter that was set up for some
of the people who were displaced from their homes because of
the recent tornado in the western part of the state.
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"Mosquitoes and Ticks, They're Out in MA!"
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How you can prepare for disasters and public health emergencies.
American Medical Association. 2011
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The Medical Reserve Corps – Helping a Nation Heal
To the men and women of the Medical Reserve Corps:
As medical professionals, we know that healing can take time. As America
and the world prepare to mark the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our
country, we remember September 11, 2001, with many emotions: sadness for the
families of the more than 3,000 people who lost their lives that day and admiration for the
heroes who provided aid and comfort to the victims.
As Assistant Secretary for Health and as U.S. Surgeon General, we reflect with pride that
members of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps
served as some of the most important responders to the destruction of the World Trade
Center in New York City. Furthermore, the USPHS helped to ensure the health and safety
of rescue workers and the general public during the anthrax incidents in the weeks that
We also note that these tragic events brought national attention to the need
for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Initiated as a demonstration project early in 2002,
the MRC now represents a nationwide network of local groups of volunteers committed
to improving the health, safety and resiliency of their communities. MRC volunteers
include medical and public health professionals, as well as others interested in
strengthening the public health infrastructure and improving the preparedness and
response capabilities of their local jurisdictions.
Today, the MRC is a force that has more than 200,000 volunteers in more than 950
community-based units across the nation.
Those of you who serve our country in this capacity now spend a significant amount of
time planning and preparing for disasters as diverse as hurricanes, floods, bioterrorism
attacks, pandemics, dirty bombs and more. Many of you were recently deployed to the
East Coast to assist with Hurricane Irene response efforts. During other recent
disasters, such as the BP oil spill, floods in the Midwest and tornadoes in the Southeast,
you have proven your commitment to the people of the United States.
Many of you have left your families and traveled to faraway places to set up clinics in
devastated areas in order to meet the basic health needs of underserved and vulnerable
populations. You have worked with community partners to provide medical, dental,
vision, mental health, pharmacy, nursing and veterinary care to all who come. You have
succeeded in doing all of this with kindness, friendship and a true sense of joy and
As we approach this solemn 10-year anniversary, President Obama is calling for
Americans to “honor the victims of 9/11 and to reaffirm the strength of our nation with
acts of service.” We thank you for exemplifying that spirit through your dedication and
commitment to helping those in need. Each and every one of you reflects what is best in
Thank you for your extraordinary gift to our country
and for helping us heal.
Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Secretary for Health
Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A.
U.S. Surgeon General