Disaster Medicine and Preparedness

The Section of the EMS 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.

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  Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Physician Liaison

The Section 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.

  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 Office of Emergency Management

The Milwaukee County emergency plan includes members of the Section of EMS 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 serve in the county emergency operations center during actual county emergencies.

Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management

  Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Program (WHEPP) Medical Advisor Southeast Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition, Inc. (HERC Region 7) Regional Medical Advisor

The Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Program (WHEPP) promotes the disaster preparedness activities of the healthcare sector, under a program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Office of Preparedness and Emergency Health Care (WI DHS OPEHC) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). Section faculty serve as program medical advisors to WHEPP and the WI Department of Health Services.

HERC Region 7 is the multi-disciplinary coalition of agencies and organizations representing the nine counties in the southeast corner of Wisconsin. 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. HERC Region 7 has sponsored numerous disaster drills and exercises, and has allocated funding to promote the readiness of the region to respond to medical incidents. HERC 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. An EMS physician from the Section serves as the Regional Medical Advisor, and several faculty serve as technical advisors to the Board. View more information on the HERC Region 7 website.