VHA Office of Emergency Management
Disaster Logistics Management
VHA OEM Disaster Logistics Management is one part of the VHA's preparedness and emergency response functions, providing assistance to VA Medical Centers and VISNs in need of resources during an emergency. We manage, operate and maintain some of VHA's most high-level assets, coordinating equipment, materials and resources during an emergency response.
Fostering readiness, we work year-round to research, prepare, maintain and pre-stage equipment based on anticipated mission requirements. When the Emergency Management Coordination Cell is activated, logistics supports VA health care by acquiring supplies, materials, or other needed items for the response effort.
VHA OEM is responsible for the wide array of deployable assets and specialized equipment to ensure continuity of care for Veterans, regardless of the disaster impact. Examples of vehicles and shelters are provided below. These are used for internal VA response efforts and occasionally external state or federal response efforts when officially activated or requested through the proper process.
When needed, VHA OEM staff travels to the pre-staging or incident site to help set up and configure the needed equipment and support VA Medical Centers and VISNs as required.