The Public Health Department may need volunteers to respond to floods, tornadoes or disease outbreaks such as influenza or smallpox. Volunteers will be needed to perform a variety of different jobs depending on the emergency. Some job duties require no specific health training, and others require a professional license such as a registered nurse, medical doctor, pharmacist, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner.
All volunteers for Public Health are asked to register for the Medical Reserve Corps through Minnesota Responds, a statewide volunteer registry. All licensed or certified health professionals will be asked to submit a copy of their license or certificate.
Orientation and training
Volunteers are asked to enroll for a minimum of two years. During the first year, volunteers should expect to spend about 10 hours in orientation, training and emergency drills. View the Medical Reserve Corps Orientation Course for more information.
Medical Reserve Corps-Dakota County volunteers are offered other opportunities for training and activities to strengthen the community during non-emergency times.
Community Agency Alert Network (CAAN)
Organizations that provide services or have access to community members who might need emergency safety instructions are encouraged to participate in the Community Agency Alert Network. It is especially important that organizations that serve people with special needs, such as people who are blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, or people with limited English proficiencies participate in the Community Agency Alert Network. Find more information or sign up for the CAAN.