The Medical Reserve Corps of Region 4A started almost eight years ago, part of a national effort to create a system of regional public health networks for emergencies in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The largely volunteer group — the largest in the state, with about 4,800 volunteers coming from 32 communities roughly bounded by interstates 95 and 495 — was deployed 10 times last year for disasters across the state. The corps been working behind the scenes to help during emergencies, including ice storms, tornadoes, and flu pandemics.
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