Tri-Cities Medical Response System
TRPHD serves as the coordinator for the Tri-Cities Medical Response System (TRIMRS), which helps to strengthen emergency response through collaboration.
As the coordinator for TRIMRS, TRPHD has written or facilitated community-wide disaster drills and table-top exercises. The community-wide drills have included tornado, mass fatality, and earthquake drills. These exercises test a community’s ability to respond to a disaster, including testing incident command, patient tracking, and communications. As a result of a drill, TRPHD has observed hospitals and community organizations form new partnerships for responding to a disaster and policy updates to encourage preparedness.
TRPHD also helps to facilitate table-top exercises, in which a scenario of a disaster is presented to a group, in order to encourage ideas in how to respond. Table-top exercises conducted within the last year have included Ebola, Tuberculosis, and tornado scenarios.
Hospital Coalition Partners
Agency Coalition Partners
Hospitals and Other Medical Response Agencies May Wish to Contact TRIMRS Regarding:
- Medical surge / mass casualty events
- Mass fatality events
- The potential that the hospital will overrun its normal bed capacity
- For assistance in contacting other hospitals in the region or statewide to obtain medical supplies, equipment, personal protective equipment and human resources
- For activating the TRIMRS owned Mobile Medical Assets
- To alert other TRIMRS members of any event that has the potential to alter its normal operations to a point that additional resources may be needed
Hospitals Should Contact Their Local Public Health Department in the Following Situations
- Disruption of services
- Medical surge
- Mass casualty incidents
- Mass fatality incidents
- Potential for going over bed capacity
- Community health concerns
- Coordinating movement of patients out of the hospital
- Public statements in an event
- Disruption in capabilities / capacities to provide normal services
- Disease outbreaks
- Contacting the Department of Health & Human Services
- Need for behavioral health resources
Public Health can also provide the following resources:
- Public information
- Medical supplies and personal protective equipment
- Access to Medical Reserve Corps, ESAR VHP, COAD(s), and VOAD
- Guidelines regarding disease outbreaks
TRIMRS Essential Elements of Information (EEI)
TRIMRS Essential Elements of Information form.