"The MMRS [Metropolitan Medical Response System] program enables jurisdictions to achieve an enhanced local capability to respond to mass casualty events during the first hours of a response until significant external assistance can arrive. MMRS jurisdictions are prepared to respond to a range of mass casualty incidents--from weapons of mass destruction, epidemic outbreaks, natural disasters, and large-scale hazardous materials events. In FY 2005, the MMRS program addressed eight Capability Focus Areas including pharmaceutical cache management and the operational viability of mass care shelters and medical treatment facilities. Grantees are encouraged to use capabilities built through the MMRS program to support ongoing Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, as appropriate, including: establishing reception centers, which consolidate monitoring, triage, decontamination, and registration of affected persons; ensuring that alternate medical treatment facilities have immediately available electric power, water and sewer, environmental controls, and other necessary infrastructure support; and strengthening medical surge capabilities by procuring additional medical supplies and pharmaceuticals."
Office for Domestic Preparedness Information Bulletin No. 191; ODP Information Bulletin No. 191
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