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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 and man-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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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.

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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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Last Updated: October 17, 2022
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