VHA Office of Emergency Management
The Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System (DEMPS) is the Veterans Health Administrations main deployment program for clinical and non-clinical staff to an emergency or disaster. The DEMPS Program may be used for an internal VA mission, as well as supporting a mission after a Presidential Disaster Declaration under the National Response Frameworks Emergency Support Function #8 (Public Health and Medical Services). For more detailed information about DEMPS, see our DEMPS Page.
The MERRT, under Executive Order (EO) 12657, provides medical support in response to a radiological release in the form of a specialized team of VHA health professionals that can rapidly deploy to provide both direct patient treatment and technical advice. For more information contact Stan Bravenec (Joseph.Bravenec@va.gov), Team Administrative Officer.
National Emergency Medical Response Teams (NEMRT)
NEMRT are predefined teams ready to deploy to assist VHA facilities or those affected by nationally declared disasters.
- VHA Handbook 0320.03 – Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System (DEMPS) (84 KB, PDF)
- Retiree Emergency Reserve Corps (ERC) Brochure (817 KB, PDF)
Program Manager Contact Information
National Deployment Operations Program Officer
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