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MRC Core Competencies:

Core competencies represent the baseline knowledge level and skills that all MRC volunteers should have, regardless of their assigned role. These competencies represent a minimum standard that the Alexandria MRC builds upon to train volunteers at advanced levels. MRC volunteers should be able to:  


  1. Describe the procedure and steps necessary to protect the health, safety, and overall well being of themselves, their families, the team and the community.

  2. Document that they have an existing personal and family preparedness plan.

  3. Describe the chain of command (e.g., Emergency Management Systems, Incident Command System, National Incident Management System), MRC integration and its application given the incident.

  4. Describe the local MRC unit’s role in public health and/or emergency response and its application to a given incident.

  5. Describe their communication role(s) and processes with response partners, media, general public, and others.

  6. Describe an event’s impact on their mental health, responders and others.

  7. Demonstrate their ability to follow procedures for assignment, activation, reporting and deactivation.

  8. Identify limits to own skills, knowledge and abilities as they pertain to the MRC.

 For more details, please review the Alexandria MRC Training Matrix