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    1. The Texas Disaster Medical System (TDMS) Steering Committee was established under the direction of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in 2010.  DSHS is the lead agency for Emergency Support Function (ESF)-8 (Public Health & Medical Services) per the state of Texas Emergency Management plan, Annex H, Texas Government Code §§ 418.042, 418.043(13), and 418.173(a).

The Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (TXEMTF) is a State and Federally (TXDSHS, ASPR) funded program with the mission of creating State-deployable medical teams, regionalized for rapid mobilization and readiness.  The goal of the EMTF program is to provide a well coordinated response, offering rapid professional medical assistance to emergency operation systems during large scale incidents. Immediately available resources include AMBUSes (thirteen strategically located across Texas), Mobile Medical Units, Ambulance Strike Teams (hundreds of units across Texas), RN Strike Teams, Medical Incident Support Teams and Staging Managers.  Eight (8) full-time Regional Coordinators and one (1) State Program Manager assure emergency resources are immediately available across Texas.  The Texas EMTF is part of the Texas Disaster Medical System. 

Sara Jensen
Texas EMTF Program Manager
Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC)

7500 U.S. Highway 90 West, Suite 200

San Antonio, TX 78227

210-233-5850 - work
210-233-5851 – fax