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Since disasters occur at all times, types, and sizes, we must be prepared to respond to all such hazards in a manner consistent with the overarching National Response Framework (NRF). Through the concept of operations provided by the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which all Federal, State, and Local Agencies prepare and respond to all hazards in the similar manner throughout the Nation.
Physicians are heavily integrated and invested within our community, and it behooves us all to become aware and/or take an active role in individual and community preparedness and response. Without proper preparation pre-event the resiliency is significantly diminished to the point of possible economic collapse for all affected. Thus, it is the intent of this Chair of the PCMA Disaster Preparedness Committee to first increase the level of awareness, and then if the PCMA Member so choose to get more involved with their community, assist them to that end.
Below are a list of Topics and under each topic there is a organizational link. To improve the effectiveness of this webpage any proactive suggestions are welcome.
In terms of National Disaster Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has divided the United States into ten regions. Florida is in Region 4.
In terms of Florida Disaster Management, Florida Emergency Management has divided Florida into seven regions, please look for your Region and the Corresponding Region Emergency Manager.
In terms of County Disaster Management, it is recommended that you make yourself familiar with your corresponding County Emergency Operations Center.
In terms of our County’s Disaster Preparedness & Response, I recommended that you contact Pinellas County Emergency Management.
Highly recommended/mandatory IS courses for most NDMS DMAT & State Teams. Print Certificate and keep forever.
- IS-7: A citizen’s Guide to Disaster Assistance
- IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
- IS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident
- IS-700: National Incident Management System (NIMS)
- IS-800: National Response Plan (NRP)
Ajoy Kumar, MD
Chair, PCMA Disaster Preparedness Committee
Disaster Preparedness and Response