Medical Reserve Corps

The Hamilton County Health Department was given the task of planning and preparing for public health emergencies, due to natural causes or deliberate acts of bio-terrorism.

Founding the Reserve Corps

To assist with emergency preparedness for public health emergencies, the Hamilton County Health Department established the Hamilton County Medical Reserve Corps (HCMRC) in September 2005. While the HCMRC is housed and supervised by Hamilton County Health Department, it is only operational through the participation of dedicated volunteers.


HCMRC Volunteers fill vital roles in staffing emergency dispensing clinics as well as other critical functions during a declared public health emergency. The HCMRC supplements existing emergency capabilities during a declared public health crisis, thus improving the county's emergency preparedness and creating a healthier community.

Volunteers must:

1. Be 18 years of age or older
2. Have a
Medical Professional License Number
3. Successfully complete a background check within seven days of submitting the online application (find background check form and policy below)
4. Submit the 
Online Volunteer Application. On the second page, select the Medical Reserve Workforce program.

BACKGROUND CHECK FORM - Background checks can be processed for free at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Located at 18100 Cumberland Road in Noblesville, Indiana. Hours for a background check to be processed are 8:30 am - 4:00 pm., Monday through Friday. Applicants must bring the following with them; a completed HCEM Background Check form, and a valid driver’s license. 


The mission of the Hamilton County Medical Reserve Corps is to establish and maintain a well-organized team of volunteers dedicated to improving emergency preparedness and public health before, during, and after a natural or man-made disaster or emergency.