GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Like many in South Mississippi, Charlotte Gore has vivid memories of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, one of which was the inability to help. Gore is a nursing instructor with medical skills, but because she was not affiliated with a hospital, she could not lend her skills when they were most needed.
"It's awful. You want to do something, you want to use the skills that you have, but you can't. You can volunteer in other capacities, but with the need for medical, it's few. So, you want to do what you do best," said Gore.
Now, Gore is working to make sure that every medical professional can help in times of disaster thanks to the Gulf Coast Medical Reserve Corps. MRC works with the Gulf Coast Black Nurses Association to get all medical professionals credentialed and prepped to respond to disaster.
"If they were not registered with MRC then people could not check their credentials and they would not be able to do what they do the best," explained Gore.
"It's filling out an application. At some point you will be required to do a background investigation and you are credentialed. We make sure the credentials are in place so that when you do volunteer for a disaster, there's not a problem with you not being able to react," said Gore.
All medical professionals, from doctors to veterinarians, can register. Submitting the short form it could make a big difference in protecting your community if disaster strikes.