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Naval Medical Center Portsmouth as Federal Coordinating Center, National Disaster Medical System: An Analysis of Activation Preparedness
Final rept. Jul 2008-Jul 2009
NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER PORTSMOUTH VA
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Emergency Management has been around in our country for more than two centuries and, during that time, has undergone significant changes. However, it was in the days following September 11.2001 that the U.S. realized that the threats America faces today are much greater than those faced in previous years. The threats posed by terrorism could prove to be more than our current system can handle. New legislation created Federal Coordinating Centers FCCs that were strategically placed Veterans Administration VA and Department of Defense DoD hospitals, which could be called upon to set up receiving centers and accept patients from other areas in response to a man-made or natural disaster. Naval Medical Center Portsmouth NMCP is the designated FCC for the Hampton Roads region of Southeast Virginia. As such, NMCP understands and recognizes the need to be prepared for the possibility of being activated to receive patients. This paper analyzes the preparedness of NMCP to be activated under the National Disaster Medical System NDMS, and compares NMCPs full-scale drill to FCCs that have been activated for real world events.
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