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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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USNS Mercy departs San Diego

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3/24/2020
The hospital ship USNS Mercy navigates the San Diego channel March 23. Mercy deployed in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts, and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense’s missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DoD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lasheba James)

Mercy's mission is to provide full hospital services to support U.S. disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide.

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USNS Mercy returns home following Pacific Partnership 2018

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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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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

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DoD Instruction 6000.16: Military Health Support for Stability Operations

Policy

This Instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides instructions for military health support of stability operations in accordance with the authority in Reference (a). Military health support for stability operations is hereafter referred to as medical stability operations (MSOs).

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