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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

ASPR Supports the State of the Union Address

News in Pictures

January 25, 2011:  During the 2011 State of the Union Address, HHS provided public health and medical assets in support of the Office of the Attending Physician (OAP) and stood ready to respond to a public health emergency as President Barak Obama addressed a joint session of Congress.  HHS acted as part of a larger inter-agency effort to ensure a safe environment in and around the U.S. Capitol buildings during the event.

HHS Warehouse:
HHS maintains a warehouse that stocks medical supplies and equipment, which were deployed to prepare for a potential incident during the State of the Union Address.

Picture of the NMRT Warehouse showing responders, supplies and equipment
Shelves of bags of medical supplies NMRT responder with medical supply bags  Medical supply truck

Secretary's Operations Center (SOC):
The SOC is the focal point for developing and maintaining  situational awareness, identifying emerging threats, ensuring appropriate information is disseminated to its partners, and keeping HHS-ASPR leadership informed.
Staff analyze incoming information at the SOC Staff analyze incoming information at the SOC

Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT):
The IRCT provides field management and coordination for deployed HHS and other public health and medical response assets. It acts under the direction of the Emergency Management Group (EMG) within the SOC.
PHS Officers staffing the IRCT NDMS personnel staffing the IRCT

National Medical Response Team-National Capitol Region (NMRT-NCR)
The NMRT-NCR stood ready to respond in case of an attack or emergency.  In the event of a public health emergency, NMRT-NCR would provide emergency medical assistance.
NMRT responders begin setup of emergency clinic NMRT Responders continue setup of mobile clinic
NMRT responders unload medical equipment NRMT responders unload medical equipment   NMRT responders deploy equpipment and supplies to emergency clinic


  • This page last reviewed: May 08, 2015