Dr. Susan Osborne, a family physician from Floyd, Va., is returning home after assisting the federal medical response to Hurricane Michael as part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS).
Dr. Osborne was a member of am NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance team (DMAT).
NDMS leaders say that they are a federal program that supports communities with medical care, veterinary care, and mortuary assistance during disasters or public health emergencies at the request of states. NDMS is among the resources made available by the U.S. Department of health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
“ASPR moved about 400 medical and public health personnel, along with their caches of medical equipment, into impacted areas,” NDMS Acting Director Ron Miller said.
“Most of our DMAT personnel augmented medical care at overwhelmed emergency departments in the Florida Panhandle. Other medical personnel coordinated with Urban Search and Rescue teams to triage people rescued or provided basic medical care for evacuees at shelters.”
NDMS records show that they have treated more than 2,600 patients and were involved in approximately 2,140 patient transports, and their efforts will continue to help Florida residents until the state no longer needs the support.
The NDMS program comprises approximately 5,000 physicians, nurses, veterinary staff, paramedics, fatality management professionals, and experienced command and control staff, organized into more than 70 response teams.
All employees come from communities nationwide, but when they are deployed they are federal government employees working as part of a coordinated federal response.