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The Grays Harbor Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a group of medical and non-medical volunteers willing to donate their skills and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies in our community. The Grays Harbor MRC was created in 2006 through a partnership with Grays Harbor Emergency Management, Grays Harbor County Public Health, and other local members of the healthcare community.
Major local emergencies can overwhelm first responders very quickly. In the event of a large-scale emergency, immediate accessibility to pre-identified health care professional volunteers expedites the delivery of treatment to victims and ensures a coordinated response to a crisis.
- Grays Harbor County has 72,000 residents and has the most nationally declared disasters in the state of Washington.
- The MRC uses an organized team approach so that each member knows their role in the emergency response plan.
- Members help prepare people to take care of themselves, their families, and others during times of need.
- MRC provides supplemental aid in emergency response allowing first responders to focus on the most threatening situations.
- Throughout the 2008 H1N1 flu pandemic response, MRC members helped provide 12,000 doses of vaccine in Grays Harbor County.
- In September 2014, the MRC was activated to assist in Hoquiam's Emerson Manor fire. Members provided direct medical care and supervision to displaced tenants.
There are two types of MRC volunteers: medical and non-medical.
- Dispensing antibiotics
- Injecting vaccines
- Reviewing health histories
- Patient care
- Outreach and education
- Staffing a call center to provide information
- Setting up equipment
- Greeting and directing people
- Volunteer recruitment
- HAM radio operation