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Emergency Preparedness and Response

Army National Guard Spc. Jacquelyn Smith and Sgt. Paul Sehlinger of 1084 Transportation Division, Slidell, La. hands out bottles of water to local citizens affected by Hurricane Gustav.Civil Military Medicine (CMM) ensures policies and programs are in place to enable the MHS to respond to disasters, public health emergencies, and mass casualty events that occur both on and off military installations.

Public Health Emergency Management

In support of Public Health Emergency Management, CMM:

  • Writes DoD guidance for Public Health Emergency Management 
  • Develops the training curriculum for Public Health Emergency Officers and emergency managers assigned to DoD medical treatment facilities.
  • Works with the Services, Combatant Commands, Joint Staff, and Interagency partners to ensure Public Health Emergency Management requirements are met within DoD.

Federal Interagency Training and Education Group (FETIG) for Public Health and Medical Disaster Preparedness and Response

Pandemic Influenza Watchboard

  • CMM participates in the White House National Security Council, Interagency, and Department of Defense PI preparedness and response activities
  • CMM coordinates all Health Affairs and Defense Health Agency PI-related planning.
  • Learn More about the Pandemic Influenza Watchboard

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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)

None of the Soldiers on scene questioned their impulse to run toward the accident and help the injured passengers

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USNS Comfort takes on patients in San Juan

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Sailors embarked on the hospital ship USNS Comfort treat a patient in casualty receiving on the ship. Comfort is moored pier side in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to provide humanitarian relief. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephane Belcher)

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DoD highlights importance of National Preparedness Month

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DoD Instruction 6010.22: National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)

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DoD Instruction 6000.16: Military Health Support for Stability Operations

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