The idea to create a University of Texas at Austin Medical Reserve Corps (UTMRC) was generated by the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Disaster Committee. This is in response to the university’s need to organize and maintain a group of volunteers (comprising of faculty, staff, and students) willing and prepared to assist in public health issues and emergencies on and around campus. The function of the unit is to bolster the existing emergency response teams and public health advocates on campus. Though the UTMRC is created in the School of Nursing, volunteers from all departments campus-wide are encouraged to participate.

UTMRC Vision

Improve health and preparedness of the University of Texas at Austin community by organizing and training volunteers to respond to public health crises and challenges.

UTMRC Mission

Improve health and response capacity of the University of Texas at Austin communities.

How we respond

UTMRC will help organize the medical response efforts of the School of Nursing, School of Social Work, Dell Medical School, and the College of Pharmacy in the event of a major disaster that would warrant the City of Austin to seek help from the community. The UTMRC is a vehicle for training and coordination among Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and Medicine.


  • MRC Unit 2444 – established August 29, 2011
  • UTMRC is a National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Challenge Award recipient for the second year in a row.  Focus of this year’s award will be on the new “P.R.E.P.A.R.E.D.” Program

For additional information, visit our Programs page.