Enhance medical care to persons
involved in disasters, man-made or natural, through cooperation of area
hospitals and medical societies within Southeastern North Carolina, and
Our Mission Statement
Through regional disaster
response plans, assist the Southeastern Region or State of North Carolina by
providing a rapid coordinated response of medical care and equipment to persons
involved in man-made or natural disasters.
SMAT is one of eight Regional Type II hospital based disaster medical teams
that have been provided by the North Carolina Office of EMS (NCOEMS), through
the Division of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The SERAC team is currently
under development and awaiting the delivery of the Level II Equipment from the
State of North Carolina.
Team members have been identified and will include
representatives from each member hospital around our region of operation.
Deployment teams will including but are not limited to:
- Medical Doctors
- Registered Nurses
- Disaster Preparedness Specialist
Other personnel have been identified assist during a deployment are:
- Mental Health Support Service Communications
- Hazardous Material Specialists
- Veterinary Agriculture Professional
State expectations are that SMAT respond our own SERAC region 6 and statewide
within 12 hours, once notified. Each member will be required to attend initial
26 training, with 50% the team attending an additional 10 hours of training.
involvement in the team is voluntary, each member of the actively deployed
team may be paid by their respective organization for their time involved in
the deployment. Hospitals that send employees can be reimbursed the cost of
the employee's salary through Mutual Aid Agreements (MAA) between hospitals.
Prospective members who are strickly looking to volunteer can join the
team under the title of Medical Reserve Corp. (MRC). MRC members are volunteers
who ar not able to be reimbursed in any way, but are covered by special Workman
Compensation and Liability Legislation. For more information please see the MRC