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Civil Support

CMM develops medical policies and procedures that facilitate MHS support to civilian authorities during naturally occurring or man-made disasters. We coordinate (DoD) support to the National Disaster Medical System and includes pandemic influenza/infectious disease preparedness.

National Disaster Medical System

The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) combines Federal and non-Federal medical resources into a unified response to meet natural andman-made disaster needs, as well as support patient treatment requirements from military contingencies.

The NDMS is an interagency partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Homeland Security,DoD and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. It’s based on the 2005 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between these agencies.

Components of the NDMS:

National Response Framework

The National Response Framework (NRF) utilizes the NDMS, 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 such as natural disasters, major transportation accidents, technological disasters, and acts of terrorism including weapons of mass destruction events.

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Navy Hospital Corpsman Tianna Garcia, assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, is greeted by her husband Aaron Garcia during the homecoming ceremony for the hospital ship USNS Mercy. The ship and her crew completed a five-month humanitarian relief mission to Southeast Asia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Indra Beaufort)

Pacific Partnership 2018 included more than 800 military and civilian personnel from the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and the United Kingdom

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USAISR burn flight team deploys to Guatemala

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Army Capt. Argelia Felix-Camacho, a critical care nurse at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center and member of the USAISR Burn Center Burn Flight Team comforts a patient in Guatemala before a flight to the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Corenthia Fennell)

The patients -- all children needing specialized treatment -- and the teamwork between the Army and Air Force ensured the patients' safe transport from Guatemala to the U.S.

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Operation Bobcat provides free healthcare to residents of Eastern Kentucky

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The primary purpose of Operation Bobcat is to provide military medical troops with crucial training

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U.S. Air Force airlifts Guatemalan children injured by volcano

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The Air Force flew the children and their guardians to receive treatment in Galveston, Texas

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USNS Mercy deploys in support of Pacific Partnership 2018

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The hospital ship USNS Mercy departs Naval Base San Diego in support of Pacific Partnership 2018, Feb. 23, 2018. Pacific Partnership, now in its 13th iteration, is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelsey Adams)

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldiers rescue train accident victims

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Army Lt. Col. Christopher Sloan, Army Maj. Michael Livingston, and Army 2nd Lt. Robert McCoy helped rescue passengers at a train accident near DuPont, Washington, on Dec. 18. Sloan and Livingston work at Madigan Army Medical Center, while McCoy is assigned to the 62nd Medical Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. (U.S. Army photo by John Wayne Liston)

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Trauma chief praises medical response to Sutherland Springs shooting

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Medical residents aboard USNS Comfort help Puerto Rico recover

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Navy deploys USNS Comfort to support Puerto Rico disaster relief

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DoD Instruction 6010.22: National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)

Policy

This instruction establishes policy for DoD participation in the NDMS, a joint federal, State, and local mutual aid response system, to provide a coordinated medical response, patient movement, and definitive patient care during a military health emergency, U.S. national emergency, or U.S. domestic disaster.

DoD Support to Foreign Disaster Relief Handbook

Policy

DoD Support to Foreign Disaster Relief Handbook

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