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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2011 Mississippi Flooding

Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP)

Car on flooded road   Mississippi drew on HPP-funded surge plans and resources after the Mississippi River flooded the 100-year flood plain destroying major roads, homes, businesses and natural resources. The lead state ESF-8 agencies, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi State Department of Health deployed a State Medical Assistance Team (SMAT) called Mississippi MED-1 to Yazoo County to set up medical operations.

The SMAT consists of 38 health professionals trained to respond to mass casualty incidents that result from man-made or natural causes. Their capabilities include decontamination measures, basic treatment, supportive care and triaging in a mass care setting. The Mississippi Med-1 team has two field hospitals available, each having a build-out capacity of 50 beds or they can be combined to provide a single facility of 100 beds during disaster events.

  • This page last reviewed: April 19, 2012