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ESF #8 Pre-Scripted Mission Assignments (PSMAs)

HHS has nineteen (19) ESF #8 pre-scripted mission assignments in place with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which provide mutually agreed upon language to expedite deployment of response assets and allow HHS to be proactive in moving personnel and equipment/supplies in anticipation of a disaster declaration:

Operational PSMAs

1. Public Health Services
2. Medical Care and Support
3. Federal Medical Stations (FMS)
4. Personnel Augmentation at Existing Health Care Facilities
5. NDMS Patient movement
6. ESF #8 (includes DMAT, NVRT, DMORT)
7. Food and Product Safety Inspection
8. Worker Health and Safety
9. Behavioral Health Care
10. Environmental Health -Hazard Identification and Control Measures
11. Mortuary Operations Assistance (Non-NDMS)
12. Veterinary Medical Support (Non-NDMS)
13. Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT)
14. Emergency Prescription Assistance and Medical Equipment Replacement Program (EPAP)
15. Technical Assistance

Activation PSMAs

16. Pre-declaration Activation to National Response Coordination Center (NRCC)
17. Post-declaration Activation to National Response Coordination Center (NRCC)
18. Pre-declaration Activation to Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC)
19. Post-declaration Activation to Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC)

The following ESF #8 Pre-Scripted Sub-Tasks represent potential requirements that may be sub-tasked by HHS to ESF #8 Federal Partners and HHS operating and staff divisions.
 
ESF #8 Pre-Scripted Sub-Tasks 2009

DHS/FEMA

1. Establish and operate a shelter collocated with a Federal Medical Station at [Location] from [Start Date] to [End Date] to support non-medical care givers and family members accompanying patients being treated at the FMS.

DHS/Coast Guard

1. Request Coast Guard to provide all weather rotary wing aircraft lift support from [Location] to [Location]. Capability must provide all weather, all terrain patient movement, search and rescue, hospital ship lifeline missions, forward surgical team transport, medical logistics re-supply, medical personnel movement, and disaster/humanitarian relief support.

DHS/FEMA/LOG

1. Provide, all non-medical logistic and base operating support for deployed medical personnel and support personnel to include food, shelter, fuel, ground transportation, and line item resupply for [Location] from [Start Date] to [End Date].

2. Provide a National Medical Resupply system to ESF #8 assets within one week following the deployment of the first FMS or ESF #8 asset. A system will be established in the affected area to ensure the capability to fill requisitions within 24 hours of receipt.

3. Provide [Base/Location] as a FEMA MOB center to support forward distribution of supplies / equipment to affected area. Provide billeting (barracks facilities are acceptable) and life support, to include meals and hygiene facilities, for [Number] personnel; marshalling area for up to [Number] trucks and trailers; [Number] sq. feet of covered storage; office and desks space for [Number] personnel; and Materiel Handling Equipment (MHE)/lift capability to offload [Type of Supplies/Equipment] from [Type of Vehicles/Aircraft].

4. Provide [Base/Location] as an Operational Staging Area to support forward distribution of supplies/equipment to affected area. Provide marshalling area for up to [Number] trucks and trailers; [Number] sq. feet of covered storage; and Materiel Handling Equipment (MHE)/lift capability to offload [Type of Supplies/Equipment] from [Type of Vehicles/Aircraft].

5. Provide capability to conduct fuel distribution operations at [Number] different points. Each point must provide the capacity to issue [Number] gallons of diesel fuel and/or [Number] gallons of unleaded gasoline. Fuel points must have appropriate nozzles to provide retail re-supply to first responders and commercial ground vehicles. Points must be operational by [Date/Time] at [Location].

6. Establish and operate [Number] Distribution centers for issue of emergency relief supplies for [Number] days.

Department of Justice (DOJ)

1. Provide security/police officers to furnish 24 hour security for Federal Medical Stations and medical base operating camps at [Location] from [Start Date] to [End Date]

2. Provide police escorts for medical ground transportation, medical personnel teams, medical re-supply shipments, and points of medical evacuation at departure and receiving hubs.

3. Provide security/police officers embedded with deployed Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) to secure operations.

Department of Labor (DOL)

1. Request monitoring of occupational health effects and injury to ensure the safety of federal responders providing or otherwise rendering assistance at [Location] from [Start Date] to [End Date].

Veteran’s Affairs (VA)

1. Request VA to augment the staffing of a Federal Medical Station, to include the following quantities and types of medical personnel: [Number] [Specify Type of Physician], [Number] [Specify Type of Registered Nurses], [Number] LPNs, and [Number] [Specify Type of Other Ancillary Support Personnel] to support patient care at [Location] from [Start Date] to [End Date]. Request that VA identify available personnel within 24 hours, and coordinate transportation so ensure that these personnel arrive at [Location] within 48 hours.

2. Request VA staff and operate a Federal Medical Station, to include the following quantities and types of medical personnel: [Number] [Specify Type of Physician], [Number] [Specify Type of Registered Nurses], [Number] LPNs, and [Number] [Specify Type of Other Ancillary Support Personnel] to support patient care at [Location] from [Start Date] to [End Date]. Request that VA identify available personnel within 24 hours, and coordinate transportation so ensure that these personnel arrive at [Location] within 48 hours.

3. Request VA to provide [Number] VA Medical Center (VAMC) beds to care for [Number] displaced patients from [Start Date] to [End Date]. Request that VA identify and report available VAMC beds within 18 hours.

4. Request VA to provide assistance for procurement of medical items. Support to include arranging for transportation and shipping from source to [Location]. Request that VA process the request through the VA National Acquisition Center (NAC) within 18 hours.

5. Request VA to provide and staff available mobile health clinics to provide primary medical care for [Number] of patients at [Location] from [Start Date] to [End Date]. Request that VA identify available mobile health clinics within 24 hours, and coordinate their movement to ensure that these assets arrive at [Location] within 48 hours.

6. Request VA to activate FCCs in FEMA region(s) X, Y and Z. NDMS Patient Reception and Definitive Care will be accomplished in accordance with the most current Federal Coordinating Center Guide.

7. FCC patient reception plans are to be implemented within 6 hours, including alert of patient reception teams (PRT). Preparations are to be made to receive patients within 2 hours of notification of incoming patient movement missions. All activated FCCs are authorized reimbursement of up to $30,000 per FCC for expenses related to preparations for patient reception. Those FCCs that are notified of incoming missions necessitating PRT utilization are authorized reimbursement of up to $250,000 per FCC for expenses relating to the receipt, triage, disposition, tracking and transportation of patients.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

1. Deploy epidemiological surveillance teams to monitor conditions with local and state authorities. Objective is to provide guidance and implement procedures to reduce the possibility of disease outbreaks

2. Deploy NIOSH personnel to help coordinate workers safety recommendations and information dissemination. Be prepared to deploy up to 6 teams to the affected area for a period of no longer than 60 days.

3. Deploy personnel to provide technical support and expertise in the characterization of complex, unknown, and multiple contaminants worker exposures.

4. Deploy Federal Medical Stations, in 250 bed configuration with medical supplies to support non-acute, non-surgical, non-traumatic, non-chronic patients for a period of no less than 72 hours. Establish a medical resupply system to continue operations for a period not to exceed 60 days.

5.  Deploy epidemiological teams in support of local and state authorities to monitor health care facilities. Working with local authorities, determine current status of health care facilities to conduct out patient treatment, inpatient treatment and surgical care. Assist the facility and make recommendations to improve the capability. Provide assistance for this requirement for no less than 60 days.

6. Deploy environmental health teams, to make recommendations and provide assistance to reestablish water systems in the affected area.

7. Deploy environmental health teams to evaluate environmental conditions in the affected area. Provide consultation and recommendations to improve the situation to return the area to normal, precautions to consider, information to the public on potential hazards. Work in collaboration with local authorities and the LFA EPA (chemical, radiation, sanitation, water quality, solid waste disposal).

8. Deploy surveillance teams to conduct vector surveillance and make recommendations to local authorities for vector control measures and techniques. Be prepared to coordinate aerial spraying. Be prepared to conduct pre spraying population interviews and post spraying interviews.

9. Deploy Strategic National Stockpile (ESF #8) assets and supporting personnel.

10. Deploy epidemiology/surveillance teams to assess the public health consequences of the natural disaster, including risk assessment and available resources.

11. Deploy veterinary surveillance teams to support ESF-6 and ESF-11 authorities to evaluate, make recommendations and provide assistance to temporary shelters and existing veterinary clinical care facilities. Determine if existing veterinary facilities are able to conduct routine out-patient and in-patient treatment and surgical care. Assist the facilities and make recommendations to improve the capability. Provide assistance to this requirement for a period not to exceed 60 days.

12. Deploy veterinary public health surveillance teams to rapidly determine and report event-related morbidity, mortality, and environmental exposures of service and companion animals to the local Incident Command, and make recommendations for treatment and mitigation.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

1. Perform inspections of establishments serving food at retail for conformance to appropriate food safety standards. Such establishments may include restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias; day care center food service establishments, temporary shelters, among others. This additional staff is requested to begin these activities on/about [Date]; completion is expected to occur on/about [Date].

2. Perform sample collections of human and/or animal foods, human and/or animal drugs, biologics and medical devices for subsequent analyses. This additional staff is requested to begin these activities on/about [Date]; completion is expected to occur on/about [Date].

3. Perform inspections of pharmacies and other establishments offering human and/or animal drugs, biologics and medical devices at retail to assist in assuring such drugs, biologics and medical devices have been stored under appropriate conditions and are fit for use. This additional staff is requested to begin these activities on/about [Date]; completion is expected to occur on/about [Date].

4. Analyze samples of foods, drugs, cosmetics and/or medical devices for attributes, as necessary, to assist in providing assurance that these commodities are fit for use. We request these analyses take place in FDA fixed site and/or mobile laboratories with staff and facilities available to begin these activities by [Date]; completion is expected to occur on/about [Date].

5. Conduct assessments (field tests) of facilities where diagnostic x-ray and mammography equipment are installed, to help assure the equipment is operating within acceptable radiation emission limits. This additional staff is requested to begin these activities on/about [Date]; completion is expected to occur on/about [Date].

6. Address issues that impact whether human and/or animal drugs, biologics, human and/or animal foods, and medical devices are appropriate for use; and/or to provide guidance on what steps, if any, may be employed to restore human and/or animal drugs, biologics, human and/or animal foods and medical devices to a condition whereby they would be fit for use. We request this expertise begin on/about [Date]; completion is expected to occur on/about [Date].

7. Provide training in food safety preparation, handling and storage to volunteers and/or other appropriate disaster response personnel. This additional staff is requested to begin this training on/about [Date]; completion is expected to occur on/about [Date].

8. Conduct inspections of establishments which prepare, pack or hold human and/or animal food, human and/or animal drugs, biologics, cosmetics and/or medical devices to assure such commodities are safe, effective and fit for use. This additional staff is requested to begin this training on/about [Date]; completion is expected to occur on/about [Date].

Indian Health Service (IHS)

1. The Indian Health Service (IHS) has a requirement to support the National Response Plan “Tribal Annex” with personnel to address public health and medical support for the American Indian/Native Alaskan (AI/NA). To create this capability IHS will request Agency personnel to act as Liaison Officers at the Regional Response Coordination Centers (RRCC) and the Joint Field Office (JFO) location as appropriate. This additional staff is requested to begin these activities on/about [Date]; completion is expected to occur on/about [Date].

2. IHS will have a requirement to open existing Mobilization Centers (Nashville and Albuquerque) with personnel and prepare for the deployment of IHS Teams to support the AI/AN Community and other non-tribal communities. This additional staff is requested to begin these activities on/about [Start Date]; completion is expected to occur on/about [End Date].

3. IHS will pre-stage Rapid Needs Assessment Team and Primary Care Task Force personnel in an effort to provide immediate engagement in the necessary response efforts in the AI/AN Community and other non-tribal communities. This additional staff is requested to begin these activities on/about [Date]; completion is expected to occur on/about [Date].

Department of Defense (DOD)

1. Patient Transport and Strategic Airlift (Rotary Wing medevac/lift support):

Personnel and lift are required by [Date] at [Location] for [Number] days to [Location].

DOD should be prepared to provide the capability to provide all weather, all terrain evacuation, shore to ship capability, medical personnel movement, medical logistics re-supply, medical regulating, and support to disaster assistance/humanitarian relief operations for an estimated [Number] personnel.

Personnel will work in [Type of Uniform]. Any protective clothing, if required, and any equipment will be provided by [Agency/Department].

2. Patient Transport and Strategic Airlift (Coordination, Medical Regulating and Tracking Support):

Personnel and vehicles are required [Date] at [Location] for [Number] days to [Location].

DOD should be prepared to provide the capability to move [Number] personnel by ground transportation with accompanying medical attendants to move the anticipated [Number] casualties.

DOD should be prepared to provide the capability to coordinate lift-bed planning in support of all patient movement, provide medical regulating assistance, provide assistance in tracking the movement of all patient movement utilizing TRAC2ES to move [Number] patients/casualties from [Location] to [Location].

3. Surge Medical Capability and Installation Support to Civilian Agencies:

Provide DOD medical personnel augmentation to support staffing of a Federal Medical Station for [Describe Type of Medical Capability; i.e. Surgical, Medical]; and approximately [Number] [Specify Type of Personnel] are required by [Date] for [Number] days to [Location].

Provide a DOD Installation in the vicinity of [Location] to serve as a federal logistical staging area and mobilization center, beginning on [Date] for [Number] days, until [Date].

4. Surge Medical Capability Support to Civilian Agencies:

Provide DOD personnel augmentation capability for [Describe Type of Medical Capability; i.e. surgical, medical, nursing, respiratory, mental health] support, specifically in support of [Describe Type of Medical Capability], approximately [Number] of personnel), a minimum [Number] of [Specify Type of Personnel] are required for [Number] days to [Location].

5. Mortuary Affairs/Fatality Management Support

Provide DOD personnel capability for victim identification in support of the recovery and identification of remains, approximately [Number] of [Specify Type of Capability or Personnel], and are required by [Date] for [Number]) days to [Location].

6. Blood Supply/Distribution Support:

Provide blood banking/distribution/supply capability to [Facility/ies] as required from [Start Date] to [End Date].

7. Vector Control.

Provide vector control capability including aerial spraying of [Location] as required from [Start Date] to [End Date].

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