UNMH Medical Team Includes Nurses, Docs, Emergency Managers

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – New Mexico’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (NM DMAT) is en route to Moore, OK, following the massive destruction from an F4 tornado yesterday. The 26 member UNM team, which includes six medical, IT and security specialists from UNMH, will join a 46-member team from NM, CO and TX.

NM DMAT is set to arrive in Oklahoma City at approximately 1 p.m. and, due to the fluidity of the situation, could augment an existing team in an existing facility, or establish a standalone facility. They won't know their specific role until they arrive on site. The deployment could last up to two weeks.

The NM-1 DMAT is a part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). DMATs are deployed to provide medical support to events of national significance. Teams are prepared to be deployed for up to 14 days at a time (plus travel on each end), to austere environments to treat patients in disaster situations. The team is outfitted to treat up to 250 patients per day for up to three days without resupply. Similarly, individual team members are required to provide for themselves for up to three days without resupply.

New Mexico’s team was the nation’s first deployed DMAT to a U.S. disaster site. Since its formation in 1984 and first deployment in 1989, NM-1 DMAT has responded to the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks; 10 U.S. hurricanes, including Katrina, Andrew and Hugo; earthquakes in Haiti and Northridge, CA; New Mexico’s very own Cerro Grande Fire; the Atlanta and Salt Lake City Olympic Games; and others.

More information to come.


Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322