The Deployment Teams are made up from members of various divisions within the Office of Health Services and the Medical Reserve Corps. The team members receive specialized training in emergency response and disaster preparedness. The Deployment Teams are trained and equipped for the following FEMA Team Types:
Environmental Health Emergency Response
The role of environmental health staff in a public health emergency, such as a natural or man-made disaster, will vary according to the type (e.g., terrorist related, flood, tornado, fire, or prolonged power outage) and severity of the situation. Enironmental health staff has the primary responsibility for the "health" of a community following a disaster. This includes basic services such as food safety, water supply, shelter, sanitation and waste management that need to be reestablished.
Medical Needs Shelter
The purpose of the Medical Needs Shelter is to provide safe and temporary housing to individuals who require support with their medical needs. Medical Needs Shelters are available for people who have home care medical conditions that cannot be accommodated in a regular shelter.
The emergency Mass Prophylaxis Plan is the countywide plan for large-scale antibiotic or vaccine dispensing in the rare event of an infectious disease emergency.
Receiving, Staging, Storing
The process of accepting, storing and locally organizing large amounts of medications needed for a large-scale distribution via the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and Vendor Managed Inventories (VMIs).
Epidemiology (Surveillance and Investigation) Strike Team
This team performs the following functions:
- Manages and provides epidemiological surveillance and investigation, augments in-place epidemiological functions
- Manages, implements, and monitors ordered control measures, including isolation and quaratine
Radiation Population Monitoring
Population Monitoring in Radiation Emergencies focuses on the significant effort to identify, screen, measure, and monitor populations (people and their pets) for exposure to radiation or contamination from radioactive materials. The establishing of community reception centers (CRCs) to provide contamination screening and decontamination services to people displaced by a large-scale radiation incident. The monitoring of food ingestion pathways within the fifty mile Emergency Protective Zone around Nuclear Plants that falls in Middlesex County.
Manage the Office of Health Services inventory and warehouse operations of materials, supplies, vehicles, light towers, massage boards, generators, trailers, equipment and other assets. Provides for the maintenance, calibration, movement, setup, operations, and take down of assets and supplies during events and emergencies.