What is Minnesota Responds?


Minnesota Responds is a partnership that integrates and engages local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs to strengthen public health and health care, reduce vulnerability, build resilience, and improve preparedness, response and recovery capabilities.

Local volunteer coordinators mobilize health and "non-health" volunteers to respond to emergencies and/or improve health capacity within their community, or if the volunteer is interested, within the state. Whether you work in a health field or not, active or retired, if you have an interest in assisting your community or state, we invite you to register in Minnesota Responds.

Examples of activities that Minnesota Responds volunteers participate in and support include:

  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Trainings and Exercises¬†
  • Emergency Sheltering
  • Disaster Medical Support
  • Medical Facility Surge Capacity
  • First Aid During Large Public Gatherings
  • Planning, Logistical, and Administrative Support
  • Veterinary Support and Pet Preparedness
  • Behavioral Health Support
  • Health Screenings
  • Vaccination Clinics
  • Outreach to Underserved Community Members
  • Heart Health
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Community Event Support
  • Health Education and Promotion

To those visiting the Minnesota Responds MRC Homepage for the first time, you may want to learn more about what it means to volunteer. You are encouraged to click on the FAQ link that addresses many common questions, or take the free online orientation training by clicking on the following link: http://www.sph.umn.edu/academics/ce/online/. Additional online training is available by clicking on the Resources and Tools link on this homepage.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering.
Barbara Lundgren, State Coordinator
Minnesota Responds Medical Reserve Corps