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Join the Boston MRC

1) Determine if you are eligible to become a Boston MRC member .

  • Over age 18
  • Medical and/or non medical
  • Willingness to assist in a true emergency, participate in exercises and events around the city, and support health outreach and education projects in your community.
  • Ability to attend a mandatory two-hour orientation

2) Register with MA Responds

The Boston MRC pre-registers, manages, and mobilizes our members through MA Responds, an online management system sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

Through MA Responds, members can be quickly identified and have their credentials checked so that they can be properly utilized in response to a public health emergency. The Boston MRC therefore encourages you to complete your MA Responds profile as thoroughly as possible (ex: languages you may speak other than English, unique skill sets, previous emergency preparedness courses you have taken, etc.) and keep your profile up-to-date so that you can be of the most service to your community given the circumstances and context of a public health emergency. By registering with MA Responds, members will be a part of our alert system and will also receive non-emergency communication, such as a monthly newsletter, from the Boston MRC.

To register with MA Responds, please follow the instructions below:

  • Go to and click 
  • ​**IMPORTANT** Under Organizations, choose MRC - Region 4C-Boston - Boston MRC (as shown below) and complete your profile.



3) Attend a Boston MRC Orientation

After registering with MA Responds, you will receive an email welcoming you to the Boston MRC that includes instructions to register for the Boston MRC Orientation. Please follow the instructions in your email. You can also register for the Boston MRC Orientation by registering through the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness.​

4) Submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check at the Boston MRC Orientation

At the Boston MRC Orientation, we will ask you to submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check. A CORI report includes records and data compiled by the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS), the Massachusetts agency statutorily designated to oversee the authorized release of CORIs. CORI checks will only be conducted as authorized by the DCJIS. CORI reports are reviewed by CORI certified staff in the Emergency Preparedness Bureau (EPB) at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). The Boston MRC may choose to participate with EPB staff in the review of the CORI report in accordance with the Boston Public Health Commission Human Resource policies and procedures. For a full explanation of the CORI policy, please visit MA Responds.

**IMPORTANT** Please note that you will not be a member of Boston MRC until all of the above steps are complete:

  1. Register with MA Responds and choose Boston MRC as your Organization.
  2. Attend the Boston MRC Orientation
  3. Submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and Violent Sexual Offender Search (VSOS)
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