Since disasters occur at all times, types, and sizes, we must be prepared to respond to all such hazards in a manner consistent with the overarching National Response Framework (NRF). Through the concept of operations provided by the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which all Federal, State, and Local Agencies prepare and respond to all hazards in the similar manner throughout the Nation.
Physicians are heavily integrated and invested within our community, and it behooves us all to become aware and/or take an active role in individual and community preparedness and response. Without proper preparation pre-event the resiliency is significantly diminished to the point of possible economic collapse for all affected. Thus, it is the intent of this Chair of the PCMA Disaster Preparedness Committee to first increase the level of awareness, and then if the PCMA Member so choose to get more involved with their community, assist them to that end.
Below are a list of Topics and under each topic there is a organizational link. To improve the effectiveness of this webpage any proactive suggestions are welcome.
In terms of Florida Disaster Management, Florida Emergency Management has divided Florida into seven regions, please look for your Region and the Corresponding Region Emergency Manager.
In terms of County Disaster Management, it is recommended that you make yourself familiar with your corresponding County Emergency Operations Center.
In terms of our County’s Disaster Preparedness & Response, I recommended that you contact Pinellas County Emergency Management.
Global Disaster Preparedness and Response
United States Public Health Law
United States Disaster Preparedness and Response
State of Florida Disaster Preparedness and Response
Pinellas County Emergency Resources
Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (International)
Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (CONUS)
Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (Florida)
Disaster Preparedness & Response Training
Highly recommended/mandatory IS courses for most NDMS DMAT & State Teams. Print Certificate and keep forever.
IS-7: A citizen's Guide to Disaster Assistance
IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
IS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident
IS-700: National Incident Management System (NIMS)
IS-800: National Response Plan (NRP)
Medical Association Sites
Ajoy Kumar, MD
Chair, PCMA Disaster Preparedness Committee
Disaster Preparedness and Response