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National Disaster Medical System

National Disaster Medical System 

The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is a federally coordinated system that augments the Nation's medical response capability.  The overall purpose of the NDMS is to supplement an integrated National medical response capability for assisting State and local authorities in dealing with the medical impacts of major peacetime disasters and to provide support to the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs medical systems in caring for casualties evacuated back to the U.S. from overseas armed conventional conflicts.

The National Response Framework utilizes the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), as part of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Preparedness and Response, under Emergency Support Function #8 (ESF #8), Health and Medical Services, to support Federal agencies in the management and coordination of the Federal medical response to major emergencies and federally declared disasters including:

  • Natural Disasters
  • Major Transportation Accidents
  • Technological Disasters
  • Acts of Terrorism including Weapons of Mass Destruction Events

About the National Disaster Medical System

Our Vision

To serve the Federal response by providing disaster medical care to the nation.

Our Mission

It is the mission of the National Disaster Medical System to temporarily supplement Federal, Tribal, State and Local capabilities by funding, organizing, training, equipping, deploying and sustaining a specialized and focused range of public health and medical capabilities.

Components of the National Disaster Medical System

  • Medical response to a disaster area in the form of personnel, teams and individuals, supplies, and equipment.
  • Patient movement from a disaster site to unaffected areas of the nation.
  • Definitive medical care at participating hospitals in unaffected areas. 




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  • This page last reviewed: July 01, 2016