Our MRC Coordinator, Christina Kempf (left), was interviewed for the award. To view the original post, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/monroemrc
1. How long have you been the Medical Reserve Corp Coordinator and what exactly is your role?
I have been the MRC Coordinator for only 2 months although the program has been in place since 2012. My role is to recruit volunteers, plan trainings and educational opportunities as well as coordinate our volunteers during training exercises and during an activation (if called upon to respond to a disaster).
2. Please describe the MRC in 2 sentences.
The MRC is a national network of medical and non-medical volunteers, organized locally, to improve the health and safety of their communities. MRC units are a community based way to organize volunteers who are called upon during times of disaster.
3. What drives you daily to continue your mission here in Bloomington and Monroe County?
Most volunteers that show up during a disaster cannot be used. The pre-registering and pre-credentialing of volunteers expedites the process of matching skills with the tasks, thus increasing the efficacy of volunteer assignments and reducing the work of processing volunteers during an emergency.
4. If there were just 2 important facts that you could convey to our community about MRC, what would they be?
There are many reasons to join the MRC such as learning personal and family preparedness, learning a variety of skills, getting involved in your community, utilizing your skills and knowledge as well as supporting emergency operations. There is a place for everyone, regardless of knowledge or background, with the Monroe County Medical Reserve Corps.
5. What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
I love photography, exploring and trying new restaurants.
6. If money were no object, what would you purchase for MRC to make it better?
If money were truly no object, I would purchase a dedicated building to house the MRC program, with classrooms and a hands-on training center / skills building lab to include topics related to many types of emergency preparedness. We would also have a MRC van to take out into the community for educational events.
7. Who is your favorite author?
Most likely David Sedaris. I love laughing out loud when I’m reading his books!
8. How many volunteers does it take for MRC to execute all of it’s programs?
There is no limit to the number of volunteers needed. Each situation that arises is different and dictates the type and number of medical or non-medical volunteers we could use. In a true emergency, it’s best to have as many volunteers as possible to call on.