Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Author: Ron Miller, Ph.D., Director, National Disaster Medical System, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Published Date: 2/13/2019 10:35:00 AM
Category: Response & Recovery; Public Health Preparedness; Exercises & Trainings;
The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) has a heroic, yet complex, mission to save lives and protect Americans. When disaster strikes, it’s potentially the worst day in the lives of hundreds – if not thousands – of people. Therefore, our mobilization, implementation, and execution need to be streamlined and seamless.
However, we never rest on our laurels. We are constantly training and identifying gaps within the preparedness and response framework to better mobilize when the inevitable ultimately occurs. NDMS has identified three pillars to expand the service’s capabilities and provide a robust response anytime, anywhere.
Aside from these new initiatives, we have a few more novel concepts, plans, and service lines underway that are designed to create efficiencies and close gaps. We expect to rollout details of those projects over the next few months and years.
At NDMS, we’re not just bringing teams, we’re bringing capabilities.
The challenge is integration and sustainment. When it comes to medical care, a “good enough” response isn’t good enough. We strive for a seamless, strategic, and coordinated response with local, state and private sector personnel and assets so that, together, we are providing the care and services the American people expect and deserve. We’re there to save lives.
Emergency managers can contact an ASPR regional emergency coordinator to learn more about how to incorporate our new and our tried-and-true NDMS capabilities into response plans.
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