US Government Disaster Response and Pre-credentialing Agencies and Programs

The US Government disaster response and pre-credentialing agencies and programs listed below accept physician volunteers for disaster service. Please note that pre-credentialing is required for service with these agencies. Contact the agency or program office with any questions regarding requirements or program details.

  • National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)
    The US federal government's National Disaster Medical System is comprised of several teams. Physicians may be on one team only and are temporary federalized employees during service. When activated, team members have liability coverage and compensation for work injuries. Physicians may decline assignments. Additional HHS and/or FEMA training is required.
    • DMAT-Disaster Medical Assistance Team; responds to domestic disasters.
    • IMSuRT- International Medical Surgical Response Team; responds to domestic and international disasters.
  • Emergency System for the Advance Registration of Volunteer Healthcare Professionals (ESAR-VHP)
    ESAR-VHP is a federal program created to support states and territories in establishing standardized volunteer registration programs for disasters and public health and medical emergencies. It is a portal to registration through individual states.
    • Volunteer Databases
    • Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities. Volunteers join a local MRC unit.

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