Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) started in 2006, when a doctor from Tacoma volunteered during the disaster aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He asked the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to start an MRC unit, which the federal government began after the 9/11 event. Today, our local MRC has over 500 members, dedicated to serving vulnerable populations across our country. They have helped when the City of Tacoma declared homelessness an emergency. They help administer 3,000 flu shots to school children every year. They have first aid stations and wellness clinics at public events. They promote emergency preparedness, utilizing the skills of community health workers. When disaster strikes, the MRC aims to help their neighbors in need.