From the Overview: "Engaging the whole community in emergency preparedness and response efforts is key to our nation's security. Individuals and communities that are knowledgeable and trained on the skills necessary to prepare for and respond to emergencies are not only more inclined to act when needed, but also are often better able to withstand and recover from disasters - and help their neighbors do so, too. Local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units across the country play a critical role in increasing access to information and training community members so that they feel educated and empowered to act before, during, and after an emergency. This 'Training Community Members to Respond Guide' provides examples of training programs and resources that MRC units can incorporate into their community-based outreach programming. Units are encouraged to train volunteers as instructors, teach the programs in their local communities, and work with community partners to spread the word."
Medical Reserve Corps: https://mrc.hhs.gov/