Participating in disaster relief

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to provide medical assistance to North Carolinians. Your willingness to serve is deeply appreciated. NCMB provides two pathways to allow out-of-state medical professionals who are not currently licensed in NC to assist with medical relief efforts in the state.

First (and fastest) option: Clinicians who hold full, unrestricted licenses in their home states and are credentialed and in good standing with a hospital may work directly with a NC hospital. The NC hospital can verify the clinician’s credentials and put them to work where needed. Hospitals are required to inform NCMB of any out-of-state providers who provide care in the state under this provision.

Second option: Clinicians who are not credentialed with a hospital in their home states may submit an application with NCMB for an emergency disaster license. This license authorizes a volunteer clinician to practice in NC for 30 days, or until the state of emergency is officially declared over. Physicians, physician assistants, licensed perfusionists and anesthesiologist assistants may apply. There is no fee.

IMPORTANT: Under no circumstances should medical professionals self-report to any disaster site to provide assistance, as this may interfere with official disaster response efforts.

Donate to relief efforts

Apply for a disaster license

Emergency licensure rules

Prepping your medical practice for disaster

Emergency preparedness