NC-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team




A Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) is a group of medical and support personnel designed to provide emergency medical care during a disaster or other unusual event.

DMATs deploy to disaster sites with adequate supplies and equipment to support themselves for a period of 72 hours while providing medical care at a fixed or temporary medical site. They may provide primary health care and/or augment overloaded local health care staff. DMATs are designed to be a rapid-response element to supplement local medical care until other Federal or contract resources can be mobilized, or the situation resolved.

Each DMAT deployable unit consists of approximately 35 individuals; however, teams may consist of more than three times this number to provide some redundancy for each job role. This insures that an adequate number of personnel are available at the time of deployment. The team is composed of medical professionals and support staff organized, trained, and prepared to activate as a unit.

DMATs are categorized according in four readiness levels:

          SORT's sponsored members comprise a Level 1 DMAT

What is the National Disaster Medical System?


  • The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is a cooperative asset-sharing program among Federal government agencies, state and local governments, and the private businesses and civilian volunteers to ensure resources are available to provide medical services following a disaster that overwhelms the local health care resources.
  • The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is a Federally coordinated system that augments the Nation's emergency medical response capability. The overall purpose of the NDMS is to establish a single, integrated national medical response capability for assisting state and local authorities in dealing with the medical and health effects of major peacetime disasters and providing support to the military and Veterans Health Administration medical systems in caring for casualties evacuated back to the U.S. from overseas armed conflicts.


* NC1-DMAT MEMBERS, do you have a recent (last 12 months) health history update form submitted? If not, click HERE to download the form, fill it out and turn it in to the Training Center as soon as possible. 


Medical Capabilities in Pictures

Hurricane Frances September 2004

Melbourne Fla. Holmes Regional Hospital

















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