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VHA Office of Emergency Management

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VHA OEM Programs

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Maintaining preparedness, resiliency and response posture in the VA health care system is a core responsibility of the VHA Office of Emergency Management. These capabilities are based on five primary pillars of our operations.
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Comprehensive Emergency Management Program

VHA's comprehensive emergency management program focuses on improving VHA disaster resiliency and response capabilities. One of the primary approaches to emergency program is to maintain continuity of essential VA health care functions and services during emergencies.

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VHA Emergency Management Coordination Cell (EMCC)

The EMCC provides VHA the planning, logistical and expert guidance to support INTERNAL continuity of care and EXTERNAL 4th mission assignments resulting from emergency events and disasters. The EMCC is the coordinating unit for VHA Emergency Management resources and assets.

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Deployment Operations

Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System (DEMPS) is VHA’s main program for deployment of clinical and non-clinical staff. Clinical Deployment Teams (CDT) provide clinical staff dedicated to the continuity of Veteran healthcare that complements DEMPS, creating robust response capabilities to ensure continued readiness for our Veterans and those who care for them.

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Disaster Logistics Management

Disaster Logistics Management is an OEM function that manages, operates and maintains some of VHA's most high-level assets. They are also responsible for coordinating equipment, materials and resources during an emergency response.

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VHA Watch

VHA Watch is a program that maintains situational awareness for events, conditions and threats across the country to ensure absolute readiness and continuity of care for Veterans.