Disaster Medicine and Emergency Preparedness specializes in disaster management and coordination of resources to the hospital, community, region and state in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Through coordination with areas within the hospital such as emergency medicine, trauma, pediatrics, toxicology, infectious diseases and environmental safety, as well as outside agencies, the Disaster Medicine and Emergency Preparedness team insures the continued and uninterrupted delivery of health care to the community.
Providing subject matter expertise relating to emergency medical services and disaster medicine, including emergency medicine, trauma, pediatrics, toxicology, infectious diseases, and environmental safety:
- Providing education and training for all audiences involved in disaster management through didactics, simulation technology, performance improvement activities, and the National Disaster Life Support Regional Training Center.
- Participating in research initiatives to maintain the highest level of preparedness and prehospital care through evidence-based medicine.
- Supporting a medical strike team that can respond to large natural, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and traumatic mass-casualty events.
- Collaborating with local, state, regional, and federal partners to assist in the implementation of an effective EMS and emergency management system.