Plans Program - VHA Office of Emergency Management
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VHA Central Office, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) and VA Medical Center (VAMC) Emergency Operations Plans provide crucial action guidance for management and emergency response personnel; specify actions to be taken in the event of ‘all hazards’ emergencies or disasters; and identify authorities, relationships and the actions to be taken based on predetermined assumptions, objectives, and existing capabilities.

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VA/DoD Contingency Hospital System

The VA/DoD Health Resources Sharing and Emergency Operation Act (Public Law 97-174) was enacted on May 4, 1982.  This law gave VA the mission to serve as the principal health care backup to DoD in the event of war.  In addition to the contingency mission, this public law amended Title 38, United States Code (USC), to promote greater peacetime sharing of health care resources between VA and DoD.

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National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)

The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is a federally coordinated initiative that augments the nation's emergency medical response capability.  The four federal partners in NDMS are the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The purpose of NDMS is to establish a national medical response capability to assist state and local authorities in responding to medical and public health effects of major disasters and emergencies; and to provide support to the military medical system in caring for casualties resulting from overseas armed conflicts.

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National Response Framework

The National Response Framework (NRF) presents the guiding principles that enable all response partners to prepare for and provide a unified national response for disasters and emergencies - from the smallest incident to the largest catastrophe.  The NRF establishes a comprehensive, national, all-hazards approach to domestic incident response and recovery.

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VHA Continuity of Operations (COOP) 

It is the policy of the United States to maintain a comprehensive and effective continuity capability to ensure the preservation of our form of Government under the Constitution and the continuing performance of National Essential Functions under all conditions.

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Program Manager Contact Information

Derrick Jaastad
VHA OEM Plans Branch Chief
Phone: 304-264-4805
Fax: 304-264-4499


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