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Public Health and Medical

Utilizing Public Health and Medical Mission Ready Packages: Operation Helping Hand

In a tabletop exercise (TTX) through a facilitated discussion, players will drive the action of the exercise, while observers witness the decisions made and processes followed. This exercise will simulate the decision making, deployment, and reimbursement processes that would occur for the deployment of a Mission Ready Package (MRP) under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). An actual event of this nature would necessitate the involvement of additional response partners and activities that are not included in this exercise.

  1. Validate the processes detailed in your state’s EMAC Procedures for evaluating, responding to, and seeking reimbursement for MRPs deployed under EMAC.
  2. Describe how information will be shared between relevant departments for an incoming MRP resource request.
  3. Discuss the process and threshold for deploying a requested MRP.
  4. Validate roles and responsibilities during an MRP resource request within your state public health agency.
  5. Discuss redundant points of contact for all of your state’s public health and medical MRPs.
  6. Describe the processes necessary for seeking reimbursement following a deployment for both the deployed personnel and the key internal staff. 

Download the exercise materials: 

2016 EMAC Public Health and Medical Exercise2016 EMAC Public Health and Medical Exercise

Learn More About EMAC & Public Health and Medical from Past Webinars

Public Health MRP WebinarLearn how the Public Health and Medical Mission Ready package templates created by the NEMA/ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials) Working Group, were used to develop Mission Ready Packages in states.

  • Preparing for a Mission
  • Public Health and Medical Models
  • NIMS - Public Health and Medical
Actions for Medical and Public Health Resource Providers:
  • Work through national organizations toward standardization with job titles, skills, and abilities.
  • If possible, type the available resources using NIMS Resource Typing.
  • Package your resources (typed or not typed) into Mission Ready Packages (MRPs).  Use the model mission ready packages to get started.

    Learn more about Mission Ready Packages and view guidelines that will help you when starting to develop your response-specific MRP.
  • May EMSs enter MoAs or contracts with employers so that salary costs are reimbursed? +

    This depends on the enabling mechanisms within a given state (such as intrastate mutual aid agreements). In general, unless a state has laws that prevent it, a state may contract with resource providers within that state and may negotiate the terms of payment within that memorandum of agreement. The state may also have an intrastate mutual aid agreement passed that sets the terms and conditions for deployments within the state and under EMAC.

  • Should state ESAR-VHP planners group resources based on the MRP? +

    It is the recommendation of EMAC that each response-specific resource that might be deployed develop its own Mission Ready Package to include the specific personnel, equipment, supplies, commodities, and other items necessary to conduct a mission.

  • What is the status of public health resource typing? +

    Resource typing will likely always be a "work in progress." The teams and descriptions will likely evolve as experience is gained. The most current resource typing descriptions are listed (and can be downloaded) at FEMA will soon be moving to a new format and will be updating/refining them.

  • How is individual state licensure for health professionals dealt with? +

    This involves two issues: verifying the licensure status and verifying that the requested resource's job skills match the job description of the skills in the requesting state. Verification of the licensure status can be accomplished by the use of state registry systems (e.g., ServNC and ServFL). Ensuring that resources being requested match the resources being provided is reliant upon using resource typing and good resource descriptions.

  • How are credentials (e.g., for a hospital-ready physician) verified through the EMAC process? +

    This may happen in a number of ways. One is through the use of a state registry system (such as ServNC), in which, for medical and public health volunteers, the real-time licensure and certifications are tracked. They would be verified prior to the time of deployment. You may be also requested to arrive with a copy of your license.

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