30 years ago, a group of dedicated EMS professionals, firefighters, and others, came together to form FL1 DMAT, one of the initial Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Teams.
Most recently, recognizing there were significant needs in the ten counties encompassed by the Emerald Coast Healthcare Coalition, two new entities have emerged:
- Emerald Coast Crisis Stress Team—First Responders helping First Responders to maintain resilience in highly stressful circumstances.
- FloridaOne Disaster Response Medical Team (DRMT)—The group behind this information leaflet and serving our neighbors in Northwest Florida.
Among the over fifty individuals involved in the Team are:
- Physician Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Registered Nurses
- Licensed Practical Nurses
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Safety specialists
- Administration specialists
- Planning specialists
- Communications specialists
- Security specialist
- Public Information experts
- Mental health specialists from ECCST
MISSION STATEMENT & GOALS
Same Team, new name: We have recently change the team name to FloridaOne Disaster Response Medical Team (DRMT). Eventually, we will get the Team URL changed to be consisten with the new name. The Team (DRMT) primarily serves the following ten Northwest Florida counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, and Liberty. Our mission is to provide personnel and equipment, develop and promote healthcare emergency preparedness, and provide response capabilities.
The DRMT works with healthcare and other key partners collaboratively to build, strengthen and sustain a healthcare preparedness and response system. We train, exercise, and utilize our skills before, during, and after an emergency to ensure that our Northwest Florida neighbors can mitigate, respond, and recover quickly.
RESPONSE GOAL: Be on site and ready to receive patients within 6 hours of initial activation.
RESPONSE CAPABILITY: DRMT, once up and operational at an incident, can receive and treat 250 patients per day for 72-hours without outside assistance.
FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS: DRMT provides primary care medical personnel and equipment for the duration of any community event for which DRMT is contracted to serve. For critical emergency medical care situations arising during such a planned event, DRMT will immediately transfer care of such patients to the local Emergency Medical Services system.
SMALL STAFF REGIONAL SERVICES:
- Shelter staffing in times of disaster;
- Staffing provided for POD (Points of dispensing);
- Assisting hospitals and nursing facilities with disaster evacuations; and,
- Providing basic primary medical care at community events.
WHAT WE NEED
The reality of cutbacks at both the State and Federal level have impacted disaster response capabilities nationwide and right here on the Emerald Coast. In addition to deployments during disasters whether locally or elsewhere, we also provide medical support for local events and offer our training sessions to regional MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members.
DRMT needs not only people but financial resources. Our State Medical Response Team was supported by the State of Florida for many years, however, that support evaporated in 2018 and spurred FloridaOne, Inc. to launch the Emerald Coast Teams. We currently are in the process of securing necessary supplies and equipment in order to fulfill our Mission Statement and Goals. The Team has a significant need for vehicles, trailers, deployable shelters, additional medical care equipment, additional warehouse accessories, and supplies.
Our “umbrella” organization, FloridaOne, Inc. hosts not only DRMT and ECCST but also the long-standing federal team, FL1 DMAT, SMRT1 remaining members, and the Emerald Coast Healthcare Coalition.
Donations of almost any type are welcomed and can be used by FloidaOne, Inc., the Healthcare Coalition, or one of the Teams. Financial or in-kind contributions should be made to “FloridaOne, Inc.” and direct that the contribution is to benefit DRMT. FloridaOne, Inc. is a 501(c)3 corporation. Tax deductibility will be based on advice from your personal tax advisor.
Should you wish to contact any of the leaders of the FloridaOne Disaster Response Medical Team, use the following e-mail addresses:
Director – Director@ECRMAT.us
Deputy Director/Paramedic/EMT Lead – Deputy@ECRMAT.us
Administrative Coordinator – AdminCoordinator@ECRMAT.us
Logistics Director – Logistics@ECRMAT.us
Mental Health/ECCST – MentalHealth@ECRMAT.us
Nursing Lead – Nursing@ECRMAT.us
Pharmacy Lead – Pharmacy@ECRMAT.us
Veterinarian – Veterinarian@ECRMAT.us
Public Information Officer – PIO@ECRMAT.us
Safety – Safety@ECRMAT.us
Security – Security@ECRMAT.us