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Partnerships and Cross-Cutting Teams

MRC Lessons Learned and Experience Sharing
 "MRC lessons learned and experience sharing" is a way for MRC units to share their practices, examples, and success stories. It is designed to highlight the challenges and successes of MRC units' involvement with emergency preparedness, response, and public health activities; therefore, MRC units and their leaders can learn from one another. More »
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Released Two New Tools

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released two new tools designed to protect and care for children who are in a hospital or a school during a public health emergency:


  • Pediatric Hospital Surge Capacity in Public Health Emergencies ( consists of guidelines to assist pediatric hospitals in converting from standard operating capacity to surge capacity and helping community hospital emergency departments provide care for large numbers of critically ill children. The tool addresses needs such as communications, staff responsibilities, triaging, stress management, and security concerns when handling large numbers of children with either communicable respiratory diseases or communicable foodborne or waterborne illnesses.


  • School-Based Emergency Preparedness: A National Analysis and Recommended Protocol ( is a national model for school-based emergency response planning. It provides guidance on the recommended steps for both creating and implementing a school-based emergency response plan. Steps outlined include performing needs assessments, conducting site surveys, developing training modules for school staff, and informing parents of the plan, as well as steps relating to building security and safety, preparation for large-scale emergencies, sheltering-in-place and lockdown, evacuation, relocation, and communications. Included with the guidance is a model school-based emergency response plan developed by the Brookline, MA, school district in cooperation with the Center for Biopreparedness, a division of the Harvard Medical School that prepared both sets of guidelines under contract to AHRQ.


Both tools are available on AHRQ’s Web site ( or free single printed copies can be ordered from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at or (800) 358-9295.

MRC/CRI Partnership
Learn about how MRCs are partnering with the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI). More »
Learn how MRCs are partnering with Project Public Health Ready (PPHR)-recognized health departments. More »
See how MRCs can use strategic planning to improve the health of their communities by visiting NACCHO's bookstore to search for the fact sheet, "MAPP and the MRC: Encouraging Partnership and Strategic Planning for Disasters." More »
ARC-OCVMRC Joint Letter
Learn more about the Joint Letter between the American Red Cross and the Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps. More »
MOU Template for MRC Units-Red Cross Chapter
View a sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) template for local MRC units to partner with local Red Cross chapters. More »
MRC and Red Cross Partnerships
Learn how existing MRC-Red Cross partnerships at the local level have formed and served as a model for national partnership. More »