Emergency Preparedness Branch
The Section of the Out-of-Hospital and Disaster Medicine is dedicated to helping our campus, community, and nation prepare for providing medical care during large-scale incidents. Section members apply their expertise in mass casualty and disaster medicine in multiple roles to reduce the short and long term effects of such an event.
Center for Medical Incident Management and Preparedness (MIMAP)
The mission of MIMAP is to provide coordinated, collaborative leadership in education, scientific discovery, and patient care for the preparation and response to large scale incidents causing illness and injury to the community.
Section members serve on the Steering Committee for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Medical Response System. The MMRS program is a federal program created in 1996 to support large urban areas in developing their capabilities to provide medical care after mass casualty events. Under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Homeland Security, the MMRS provides funding to develop plans, conduct training and exercises, and acquire pharmaceuticals and personal protective equipment. MMRS helps to build collaboration between hospitals and public health, emergency responder, and private agencies throughout the community.
Froedtert Hospital Physician Liaison
Faculty members from the Department of Emergency Medicine serve as physician representatives on the Froedtert Hospital Emergency Management Council. This group consists of representatives from a number of hospital departments who meet regularly to integrate the hospital’s emergency management planning and response. Activities of the Council include conducting facility hazard vulnerability analyses, developing emergency plans, exercise and drill planning, and employee safety education.
Milwaukee County Emergency Management
The Milwaukee County emergency plan includes members of the Section of Out-of-Hospital and Disaster Medicine as the physician medical directors during any emergencies within the county. The experience and knowledge of Section members is applied to assist in planning and policy to ensure the safety of all citizens and visitors to Milwaukee County. Physicians from the Section also serve operationally in the county emergency operations center during actual county emergencies.
Wisconsin Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program (WHEPP) Region 7 Physician Liaison
The WHEPP Region 7 (Southeastern Wisconsin) coordinates the disaster preparedness activities of hospitals and outpatient centers in the nine counties in the southeast corner of the state, under a program administered by the state and the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The region contains a population of approximately 2.1 million people. The Region 7 Board of Directors is a broad, multi-disciplinary group that consists of representatives from area hospitals, community health centers, EMS agencies, public health agencies, emergency government, and private community service agencies. Region 7 has sponsored numerous disaster drills and exercises, and has allocated funding for hospitals and clinics to purchase needed equipment. Region 7 also oversaw the creation of WI Trac, a state-wide Internet-based system allowing hospitals, public health, and emergency services to communicate with each other in real-time. A Department of Emergency Medicine physician serves on the Board of Directors, and several faculty serve as technical advisors to the Board.
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Physician Liaison
The Branch also provides physician leadership for the emergency preparedness activities at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Responsibilities include the development of emergency plans and policies, exercise planning, and integration with other agency and organizational planning.
Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center – Milwaukee Physician Liaison
The Section provides physician leadership and technical advise for emergency management and planning at the VA hospital located in Milwaukee. Roles include conducting facility hazard vulnerability analyses, developing emergency plans, exercise and drill planning, and employee safety education.