Health & Medical Services During a Disaster
Emergency Medical Coordination Center
The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department is the lead agency for coordinating the identification, staffing, resource needs of, and the response to the health and medical needs of the community following a significant emergency or catastrophic disaster including:
- Disease outbreaks
- Major transportation accidents
- Natural disasters
- Technological disasters
The department has established an Emergency Medical Coordination Center from which all medical aspects of the Emergency Operations Center will be coordinated. Telephone capabilities and an amateur radio system, which is self-powered, can be activated during a mass casualty incident / disaster.
The Health Department is coordinating the training of 25 area hospitals to become better prepared in recognizing victims of a nuclear, biological, or chemical attack, and to handle mass casualties as a result of a terrorist using a weapon of mass destruction. This is part of a national effort to have 26 cities trained on domestic preparedness involving nuclear, biological, or chemical agents.
For more information, please contact Dr. Helen Morrow at (901) 222-9078 or Kasia Smith-Alexander at (901) 222-8204.