In-Person Volunteer Orientation

Once we have processed your volunteer application and your background check has been cleared, we'll send you an invitation to Phase Two Orientation, where you will meet team leadership and the other new team members. You will have an opportunity to have any questions you have answered, find out about upcoming training and receive your Medical Reserve Corps ID badge and T-shirt.

Topics covered include

  • Member’s role in a public health emergency
  • Volunteer liability
  • Communication process for notification or deployment
  • Other information important for Medical Reserve Corp members.

Online Training

The Augusta University MRC conducts regularly scheduled training on myriad topics relating to emergency management and emergency response.

Classes include MRC Orientation, Personal Disaster Preparedness Training, and Incident Command Training. There are many additional training opportunities and disaster drills throughout the year. All courses are free to MRC members and will be shared with MRC members as they become available.


All MRC Volunteers are required to complete the following training courses prior to attending an in-person orientation session:


MRC Core Competencies and Learning Pathways

Until Help Arrives & Stop The Bleed

Until Help Arrives and Stop the Bleed are national awareness campaigns and a call to action, intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in an emergency before professional help arrives. From a basic first aid, need, to bystander CPR and bleeding control, these programs prepare our volunteers to truly make a difference. We’ll share more information when you join us for training.

Frequently Asked Questions

Strike Teams

Strike teams have been developed to offer an opportunity for small group interaction and provide for better alignment with member expertise and interest. Strike teams also provide a structure for targeted training, operational planning, and exercises.

Behavioral Health Response Strike Team

Behavioral Health

The principal focus of this strike team is to minimize the harmful psychological effects of stress and trauma on surviving individuals and families immediately following a disaster. Members of this team must have behavioral health professional experience or be a graduate student working towards licensure in a behavioral health related profession. All team members receive specialized training, including Psychological First Aid training.

MRC Logistics Strike Team

Resource Management

Members of this strike team are responsible for resource management before and during MRC deployments. They are responsible for the physical set up of the deployment site. Pre-deployment physical set up includes setting up signage, queuing line Tensa barriers, tables, chairs, equipment and other supplies as needed.

MRC Leadership Strike Team


A select group of MRC members have been identified to serve in an advisory role to determine direction of MRC training and development activities, serve in leadership roles at a Mass Dispensing Site and to serve in an advisory role during strike team development.

Pharmaceutical Response Strike Team


This team is designed to respond to local and national public health emergencies that have a pharmaceutical response component.

N95 Respirator Fit-Testing Strike Team

Mask Training

This team has been trained and drilled in the method used to fit-test N95 masks on an emergent basis.

Student Advisory Group


Members of the Student Advisory Group (SAG) assist in determining MRC training and development activities, serve as a resource during training event planning, and act as liaisons between MRC Program and student organizations

Deployment Process

Augusta University CePAR

Receives request for assistance

Seeks approval for deployment from leadership

Notifies Registered MRC Members

Medical Reserve Corps Member

    Obtains approval/permission from instructor/supervisor

    Signs up for scheduling and deployment via SERVGA

AU Medical Reserve Corps Program

Provides liability protections

Supports member

Provides training

Past Deployments

In September, 2017, Hurricane Irma caused many GA counties to evacuate to safer areas throughout GA including Augusta. More than 400 Augusta University volunteers jumped into action serving in evacuee shelters across our community providing medical care and support to our neighbors from Chatham County.