Minnesota Responds Trainings


It is strongly recommended all volunteers take Orientation to MN Responds MRC prior to deployment. For some counties and healthcare systems, and for state deployment, it is a requirement. Volunteers may attend an in person Orientation (see training schedule) or complete online Orientation through the University of Minnesota.

Minnesota Responds Medical Reserve Corps: An Online Orientation for Volunteers

This module is designed to introduce participants to the Minnesota Responds Medical Reserve Corps, or MRC, and to illustrate how Minnesota MRC Units have been deployed, both in and out of state. It provides information regarding MRC member preparation prior to deployment as well as what a volunteer can expect at the time of deployment. It is intended to complement additional training volunteers will receive through face-to-face meetings with their local MRC Unit, online training modules recommended by MRC Coordinators, and “just in time” training provided on site when you participate in an actual MRC deployment or exercise. CEUs 0.1

Personal & Family Preparedness

Volunteers need to know that their families are being taken care of before they will come and help others.

The "Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" has been designed to help the citizens of this nation learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. It can be used as a reference source or as a step-by-step manual. The focus of the content is on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans that reflect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster to protect people and their property. Also included is information on how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that contains the food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity for individuals and their families to survive. Contact Hour 1.0

Mass Dispensing Site (MDS) Overview

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health 'Center for Public Health Preparedness' has developed an online training course for volunteers that will work in mass dispensing PODs (Point of Dispensing).
This training is designed to provide an overview of the general operations of mass dispensing sites and serves as an orientation for individuals who may be asked to work in those sites during an emergency. It is intended to complement "just in time" training provided on site at the time of deployment. To access the course, go to the following page and register as a new user:

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

IS 700.a, NIMS An Introduction, introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. CEUs 0.3

IS 100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). CEUs 0.3

IS 200.b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS  CEUs 0.3

Psychological First Aid

PFA online is now available on the NCTSN Learning Center! PFA online includes a 6-hour interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally-narrated course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of Psychological First Aid, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. PFA online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training. This project was funded by SAMHSA, NCPTSD, and NACCHO. 

Sign Up

  • Visit the NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma at the NCTSN website and create a free account
  • Check your email and confirm your account (click on link)
  • Return to the NCTSN website and enroll in Psychological First Aid Online

Resource Links

Below are some online classes (not eligible for CEUs or input into your MN Responds Profile) and information that is important for volunteers.

  • Ready.gov Minnesota is a part of the national ready.gov initiative created to help Minnesotans be informed, organized, and connected on emergency preparedness. Create your plan, build your kit, and be prepared now.
  • Ready.gov is the national site. Watch instructional videos about gathering supplies for a kit, making a family communication plan and how to find more information. Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.
  • Be Red Cross Ready: utilize written preparedness materials or take a short online interactive class. Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed.