Following Hurricane Katrina, the need for a state-wide, centralized, emergency medical communications center was realized by The University of Mississippi Medical Center and the public safety community of Mississippi. Mississippi MED-COM was designed to serve as a daily communications center for routine and emergency transfers throughout Mississippi that could be quickly adapted to meet the needs of hospitals and emergency response officials during disasters or mass casualty incidents.
MED-COM has access to systems such as the Statewide Medical Assets Resource Tracking Tool (SMARTT), which provides access to hospitals in the state and their bed status, services offered, and disaster preparedness status. MED-COM also has access to the Mississippi Hospital Association satellite radio frequencies as well as the NAWAS disaster phone system.
Mississippi MED-COM is available 24/7 to provide assistance in coordinating patient transport, assisting with patient placement and support emergency response personnel when responding to disasters or mass casualty incidents throughout Mississippi.