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.
Medical Reserve Corps-Dakota County volunteers are offered other opportunities for training and activities to strengthen the community during non-emergency times.