Community Outreach/Mass Prophylaxis Pamphlet: Mass Casualty Care Strategy for Biological Terrorism Incidents [open pdf - 1MB]
This pamphlet provides information on the Community Outreach (CO) component of the Modular Emergency Medical System (MEMS). MEMS is an approach to disaster medical response, intended to assist emergency planners and health care providers in planning and coordinating an effective medical response following a large-scale bioterrorism incident in a civilian community. The CO component is complementary to the Neighborhood Emergency Help Center (NEHC) of the MEMS. The CO component is intended to serve that part of the community not reached through NEHCs. This document also describes mass prophylaxis and identifies key activities and issues to be considered when crafting an emergency response plan. Either the CO effort or the NEHC, or both, may provide the function of mass prophylaxis. The information provided can be tailored to meet community needs. Because an effective emergency response plan for a large-scale BW attack would be applicable to any catastrophic medical emergency, adaptation of these concepts can enhance overall emergency preparedness.