Metrolina Preparedness

To ensure the delivery of healthcare services that protect the health and well-being of the residents and guests of North Carolina before, during, and after events that may overwhelm the healthcare system.

What We Do

Southeastern SMAT is one of eight similar teams across North Carolina that are a part of the State Medical Response System (SMRS). The SMRS is coordinated by the Office of Emergency Medical Services in an effort to improve the State’s ability to respond to emergent events that impact healthcare. This volunteer-based team responds to impacted areas within the Southeastern Region of NC, the State of NC, or within the Southeastern United States.

Southeastern SMAT equipment is also frequently used to support regional healthcare facilities and providers during mass gatherings, facility maintenance or outages, or other situations.

The SMAT program saw it first major response during Hurricane Katrina. Members of the Southeastern SMAT, and several other SMAT II’s and SMAT III’s, deployed to Waveland, Mississippi, with Carolina’s Med-1 to provide a mobile field hospital for the area. Other SMAT II members from across NC responded to Charlotte to assist with the reception of people and patients who had been evacuated from the Gulf area. The lessons learned from this response showed that equipment for mobile treatment facilities was needed to ensure NC could better support itself in the face of a similar event since NC is very prone to hurricanes.
The result was the purchase and distribution of 8 Western Shelter Mobile Response Trailer Systems that included a 53’ trailer, which came with 6 Gate Keeper 19×35 tent systems each. The tent systems could be set up individually, or connected with each other, and included provisions for power, light, and HVAC. The trailer was also designed to double as staff billeting and a command post, and also carries the generator for the tent system. The teams also received beds, medical equipment, and supplies to establish a 40-bed treatment facility. Over the years each team has made additions and adjustments to its system, equipment, and supplies to improve their capabilities.

 
From a non-emergent perspective, the Southeastern SMAT has participated in or assisted with several local events or exercises. In many cases this included providing personnel, logistics, or both. Some of these events include:

 
• New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Wrightsville Beach Marathon 2014-present
• Ironman Full and Half (Rated top 5 in the world) 2008-present
• July 4th on Masonboro Island 2016-present
• Burgaw Blueberry Festival – equipment supply 2012-prestent
• Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival – equipment supply 2017

 

Southeastern SMAT equipment is also frequently used to support regional healthcare facilities and providers during mass gatherings, facility maintenance or outages, or other situations.
Most recently Southeastern SMAT following the impacts of Hurricane Matthew. Several of the surrounding counties needed assistance due to the flooding that impacted our area. Our deployments included:

 
• Personnel to Johnson County for a Special Needs Shelter
• Supplies sent to Columbus County for disbursement
• Personnel to Kinston for a free standing ED.
• Personnel to Goldsboro for a Special Needs Shelter
• Personnel to Lumberton to support Southeastern Regional Medical Center.