MA Responds is an initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to enhance the Commonwealth’s ability to prepare for and respond to health related emergencies and events. It is a web-based system for registration, management, communication and mobilization of volunteers for response to all types of public health events and emergencies. MA Responds is part of a nationwide effort to ensure that volunteer professionals can be quickly identified and pre-credentialed so that they can be properly utilized when an emergency or disaster strikes. This system is a partnership of local Medical Reserve Corps units (MRCs), the Massachusetts System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (MSAR) and other volunteer organizations in Massachusetts, coordinated administratively by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).
By registering with MA Responds, you can be part of an alert system and respond, when activated, to a public health event or emergency. To volunteer, visit the website: www.maresponds.org. All levels of volunteers, clinical or non-clinical, students, and active or retired professionals are welcome. Volunteers are encouraged to affiliate with a local MRC unit to receive the many benefits that an MRC offers, like training and a variety of activities to choose from. However, an individual may also elect to sign-up as an unaffiliated MSAR volunteer; MSAR volunteers are activated by the state only in the event of a large-scale emergency or disaster. Signing up for MA Responds does not commit a volunteer to any one response, but creates another potential resource that can be called upon during a time of need.
Registering is as simple as logging on to the web site and entering the information requested. In order to register for MA Responds, log on to www.maresponds.org, select “Register Now.” Please have information available about applicable license and contact information in order to complete the registration process. The registration process may be stopped and started again at any time.
For more information contact:Lindsay Tallon
Health Volunteer Program Manager
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Emergency Preparedness Bureau
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108