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Medical Reserve Corp

Phone: 409.938.2275
Fax: 409-938-2209

The purpose of the Medical Reserve Corps is to strengthen communities by establishing a system for medical and public health volunteers to offer their expertise throughout the year, as well as during times of community need.

The Galveston County Medical Reserve Corps (GCMRC) is a part of the National Medical Reserve Corps based in the Office of the United States Surgeon General. The Galveston County Health District is the host agency for the GCMRC. Read the letter of support written by Dr. Harlan “Mark” Guidry, the former Galveston County Health District Chief Executive Officer and County Health Authority.


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GCMRC members will be added to a notification network to receive timely information about disease threats and specialized training opportunities. In the event of a public health emergency Medical Reserve Corps volunteers might be asked to help administer vaccinations, distribute urgently needed medications, man a phone bank using pre-scripted responses to caller’s questions, assist with crowd control, pass out forms, or other duties.

There are 3 tiers of membership in the GCMRC

  • Tier 1 - Licensed Medical Professionals
  • Tier 2 - People not licensed but have medical experience (retired nurses, doctors)
  • Tier 3 - People without medical experience but can assist in handing out forms, directing patient flow, providing information, work in a phone bank, etc.

The GCMRC supplements the existing emergency response systems in place at times of bio-terror attacks, non-terror threats and natural disasters.

Read the "Summary of Statutory Provisions Affecting the Liability of Providers in a Public Health Emergency", or, read other one-page summaries of Disaster-Related Legal Issues, prepared by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Office of General Counsel.

Become a member!  Learn about the Core Competencies for MRC Members, or download our brochure. You may submit an via fax 409-938-2399, attn: Richard Pierce, or you may send it as an attachment in an email rpierce@gchd.org.  If you prefer to speak or leave a message, call 409-938-2222.