Why Does the MRC Need My Help?

The MRC plays a major role in our national, regional, state, and community's disaster preparedness and response strategy. It provides an organized way for medical and public health volunteers to put to work their skills and expertise during local crises and throughout the year.

Disaster preparedness drill image of EMT taking care of young boy.When a disaster occurs, the minutes, hours, and even days immediately following the event can quickly overwhelm local and even regional emergency and medical crews. The volunteers from MRC help to bolster those numbers and supplement the care the regular emergency personnel can deliver.

This increased capacity means that more people in need can get help quicker than if they were waiting for help from all the usual channels.

But perhaps just as important to the MRC mission is the ability to prepare or educate the citizens of a community or region about what they can do to be prepared BEFORE a disaster occurs.