DE BEST Mission Statement

To serve the state of Delaware by establishing, implementing, and sustaining volunteers to strengthen DSAMH initiatives, improve community resilience and support appropriate mental health response to disaster.

Q: Who can join a Delaware Medical Reserve Corps (DMRC) unit?

A: Community members, 18 years of age or older, with or without medical training, who are willing to support public health on a daily basis or during public health emergencies are encouraged to join. This includes professionals from all of the health occupations. All Delaware MRC units have non-medical volunteers who provide education, logistics, communication, coordination and other support. Many positions in the MRC do not require medical skills.

Q: Do I need to have prior disaster experience?

A: No, all volunteers are welcome and training opportunities are available.

Q: I am a retired medical professional. Can I still volunteer?

A: Yes, you can! Just be sure to indicate your license status when you register.

Q: How do I become a DMRC Volunteer?

A: Please click here ( to register.

Q: What do I do once I have registered?

A: You will be notified via email with orientation and training information and volunteer opportunities.

Q: Am I obligated to volunteer for the DMRC if I work in a hospital or health care facility, serve in the military, have other work requirements or family commitments that do not allow me to volunteer at the time of an emergency?

A: You are a volunteer, so there are no availability requirements. Certainly, we understand you may have work and family commitments that prohibit you from volunteering at any given time. Many MRC units also participate in numerous nonemergency public health activities that you can be involved in if you have other emergency response commitments.

Q: How will I be contacted in an emergency?

A: You will be notified by your local unit coordinator or emergency planner via SERVDE utilizing the information that you provide when applying to join your MRC unit. A recorded audio message and email message will be sent to you. Therefore, it is very important that you keep your contact information current.


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