This 2016 image depicts some of the activities taking place during a Federal Medical Station (FMS) training course, located at Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA), Center for Disaster Preparedness, in Anniston, Alabama. This particular image featured a row of gurnies, each outfitted with a plastic bag containing all the essentials to support a newly-arriving partient, under possible emergent conditions. A Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) trainer was using these gurnies as teaching aids, in order to educate course participants in the methods implemented during emerging critical care scenarios (see PHIL 22692).
A FMS is a medical center set up during a natural disaster to care for displaced persons with special health needs, which cannot be met in a shelter for the general population during an incident. This includes those with chronic health conditions, limited mobility, or common mental health issues.
SNS experts prepare state and local public health departments to respond effectively during an emergency by providing extensive training on how to receive, stage and setup a federal medical station in response to an incident like a terrorist attack, infectious disease outbreak, or a natural disaster. Click the link below to learn more about Federal Medical Stations.