Vashon MRC new volunteer registration and orientation

Our New Volunteer Orientation is a great way to learn more about us and decide how best to volunteer. These orientations:

  • Provide an overview of Vashon Medical Reserve Corps' unique role on Vashon,
  • Explain our relationships with
    • The national Citizen Corps and Medical Reserve Corps,
    • King County's Public Health Reserve Corps (PHRC),
    • King County Office of Emergency Management,
    • Northwest Healthcare Response Network,
    • VashonBePrepared and our other partners, including Vashon Fire,
  • Explore current opportunities in our team,
  • Review our policies and expectations,
  • Answer any questions you may have,
  • Complete registration paperwork, and
  • Take a photo for the King County Registered Emergency Worker ID badge.

Become a Vashon MRC Member in Four Steps

  1. Application. You email Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) to obtain an application form and find out when they can attend an orientation session (2 hours). In your email requesting the application, include what you do in health care: e.g, physician, nurse, social work. Please note you are looking for a role in the Vashon MRC! Scan your completed application as a PDF and email it to PHSKC. Email:

  2. Orientation. PHSKC will contact you about attending an orientation session. (Orientation sessions may be available periodically on Vashon.)
    • Application forms can be completed and submitted at the orientation
    • PHSKC will take photos of each attendee attending orientation
  3. ICS Courses 100 and 700. You complete the Incident Command System FEMA courses 100 and 700 and email your certificates to PHSKC at
  4. WaServe. You complete a personal "profile" (personal and professional data) on Washington State Emergency Registry of Volunteers, known as WAServ, at
    • Jan M is available to coach people through this
    • PHSKC reviews the profile, determines if professional license needs further verification, etc.

Your work is done now!

However, PHSKC's process continues:

  • If PHSKC Reserve Corps staff approve, they submit the volunteer's information to their HR dept for a criminal background check.
  • If background is acceptable, PHSKC registers the volunteer with State of WA and King Co Office of Emergency Management (KCOEM) to receive an Emergency Worker Card.
  • Your card will be mailed to the address you listed in WAServ.
  • Cards are set to expire within five years. At that time, PHSKC will mail you a renewed card.

Thank you for your application: We look forward to meeting you!
To contact us, please email us at

Vashon MRC

Vashon Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a group of local medical and non-medical volunteers who provide surge support to the Operations Section of the Vashon EOC under Vashon Fire during a public health emergency or disaster.
The mission of Vashon MRC is to enhance Vashon Fire's ability to respond to public health emergencies or disasters to limit injury, illness, suffering and death.
When every minute counts, Vashon MRC will play a major role with:
  • Setting up, and running a medication center
  • Supporting the health and medical needs of people in emergency shelters
  • Dispensing medications or administering vaccinations
  • Providing information and support to the community
  • Conducting health screening