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  • State Medical Response System

    The State Medical Response System (SMRS) falls under ESF-8 (Public Health and Medical Services), which is activated during a declared disaster by the Governor of the State of Mississippi.  The SMRS Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) coordinates the State Emergency Support Functions (ESF) which provides assistance and coordination of local resources in response to public health and disaster medical care needs.

    The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is a co-primary response agency under ESF 8. During declared state disasters, UMMC will:

    • provide medical care personnel when available and coordinate staffing from other healthcare facilities;
    • coordinate donated medical supplies and pharmaceuticals;
    • provide medical control for emergency medical services when operating outside their normal response area when evacuating patients;
    • Mississippi MED-COM will assist with patient movements and bed status reporting
    • UMMC will coordinate patient care for in-hospital, nursing home and other patient care needs and facilitate requests to assist with patient care where needed
    • Mississippi MED-COM will coordinate mobile resources once deployed by MSDH.

    If you would like to join our Disaster Response Teams, please visit: