U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

Public Health Emergency. Resilient People. Healthy Communities. A Nation Prepared.

The Medical Reserve Corps Celebrates 15 years of service and meeting community needs

This year, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) celebrates its 15th year of helping communities become healthier and more resilient.  Today, almost 1,000 MRC units and 200,000 volunteers – from young people to retirees – give their time and skills.  Find out how MRC volunteers are making a difference in their communities and learn more about ways that you could help your community by volunteering with MRC.  Learn More >>

The Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) preparing for Hurricane Katrina

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”  Across the country, people are answering that question by serving in different ways that make people and their communities healthier and more connected. Join people across the country who have committed to serving their communities. Pledge to serve!  Learn More >>

Volunteers sort clothing for MLK Day of Service

Winter storms headed your way?  Avoid ice!

If snow, ice and freezing rain are headed your way, be careful!  Avoid driving or walking in icy weather if at all possible. Check the weather before you head out and never drive in low-visibility conditions.  If you have to travel when conditions are icy or snowy, be sure to let someone know that you are traveling, bring a fully charged phone with you, and make sure that your car’s emergency kit is up to date.  Learn More >>

Ice covering a car after an ice storm

Community Health Resilience in Action

Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere.  But we can all help keep our communities healthy and strong when we choose to serve one another.  These new toolkits can help community organizations, youth groups, and faith-based communities take actions that can help improve community health resilience during disasters and every day!  Learn More >>

A volunteer helping at a community health service event

What is everyday resilience and why is it important?

Improving everyday resilience is all about taking actions that make people – and ultimately the nation – more prepared and stronger. Resilient people help to create resilient communities that are better protected in the face of smaller, everyday incidents, and better able to withstand, manage, and recover from disasters.  Find out how you can make yourself and your community more resilient.  Learn More >>

Hands stacked to show teamwork

Community organizations:  Help your community fight Zika!

Your community organization could be a great resource for accurate health information on Zika.  Community-serving organizations and leaders are trusted by their members as resources for information. By sharing accurate and up-to-date information about the virus and how to prevent spreading it, you can make a difference and help keep your community healthy.  Learn More >>

Paper with definition of Zika virus