The Michigan Volunteer Registry was launched in January 2006 by the Michigan Department of Community Health Office of Public Health Preparedness, now the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness Division. A growing list of willing volunteers from the state of Michigan and out-of-state border counties is currently being maintained.
The purpose of this system is to provide a secure, electronic environment for volunteers to indicate their volunteer interests and contact information. In the event of a public health disaster, the registry functions as the central repository for volunteer information. The information can be queried and appropriate volunteers contacted by e-mail or text pager (if appropriate).
Using that information, volunteers will be contacted by authorized personnel. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, behavioral health providers, emergency medical services personnel, ancillary support staff and other individuals interested in helping are encouraged to register. Registration is essential prior to an event so that volunteers can be credentialed. Volunteers will have their license and employer (for hospital pharmacists) verified to determine the credential level. Only credentialed volunteers will be able to serve in an actual emergency. Volunteers will also have access to current information regarding events, exercises, drills, general knowledge and training.
Please visit the MI Volunteer Registry website for additional information.