Memorandums of Agreement for Disaster Response

The Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (TX EMTF) is the response system developed by Regional Advisory Councils, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and local EMS and Hospital stakeholders to fulfill the need for short notice, emergency health care during a disaster or significant incident. The program was developed in 2009, focusing on lessons learned from the catastrophic 2008 Hurricane Season in Texas, as well as Hurricanes Katrina/Rita and the events of 9/11/2001. The Texas Emergency Medical Task Force utilizes local and regional resources from jurisdictions and healthcare organizations that provide emergency services and high-quality healthcare every day through regional mutual aid agreements and a state memorandum of agreement.

Find your EMTF Regional Coordinators

There are eight regional EMTF teams and a statewide coordinating entity that can activate prepositioned regional resources on a state mission at the request of DSHS or the Texas Division of Emergency Management to support impacted jurisdictions with emergency medical infrastructure support.   Each of the eight TX EMTF regions are served by a regional Coordinator.


Component Overview

The TX EMTF Program is a series of components that activate resources on behalf of Texas on a State Mission Assignment [SMA] that provides a custom, scalable approach to medical disaster response. The key to the program is the ability to activate our members from EMS & fire departments, public and private healthcare organizations, regional coalitions, & state and local government who provide personnel & assets that activate during disasters.