Purpose of the State Medical Response System (SMRS)
When healthcare infrastructure is overwhelmed by an event(s) and local and/or mutual aid resources are exhausted or inadequate, the purpose of the SMRS is to:
- Provide support to that overwhelmed system by supplying the necessary equipment, assets, and/or personnel needed to provide medical care, and
- To ensure healthcare infrastructure continuity by facilitating the development of resilient systems through operational planning, training, and exercises.
Note: SMRS resources are flexible and scalable. Staffing is dependent upon the availability of mission appropriate SMRS volunteers.
Primary SMRS Operational Missions
Definition: 8 hospital-based teams of a.) Physical assets and resources and/or b.) Medical professionals to provide continuity of business operations for healthcare infrastructure, mass medical care, medical sheltering, alternate care facilities, and assistance with mass prophylaxis points of distribution.
- State Medical Support Shelter
- Field Medical Care
- Logistical support
- Alternate Care Site
Secondary SMRS Operational Missions
- Point of distribution/point of dispensing operations – Support public health and/or emergency management, as requested, in POD operations.
- Isolation/quarantine operations
- Support public health and/or emergency management, as requested, in isolation/quarantine operations.
- First-receiver/ First-responder decontamination operations
- Provide logistical and technical support for patient decontamination operations. (i.e. healthcare organization/requesting jurisdiction, field medical station, or National Mobile Disaster Hospital).
Primary SMRS/SMAT III Operational Missions
Definition: 30 EMS or Fire Department-based teams statewide that is designed to be first line of response if local resources are overwhelmed in the event of a mass medical care/casualty event or decontamination event. These teams are managed by local jurisdiction emergency services or fire organizations.
- Medical support to decontamination operations
- Medical support to specialty response teams, such as hazardous materials Regional Response Teams (RRT) or Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)
- Responder rehabilitation
- Medical care during mass gatherings/events
Evacuation/medical surge transportation
- 12 ambulance buses (11 local and 1 federal) to enable transportation and treatment of patients during a mass event or evacuation.
Mission Ready Packages
- State Medical Support Shelters
- Pharmacy Cache
- Medical Support Team
- Transportation Packages
- Field Medical Station Packages
- Medical Counter Measures
- Field Medical Care