RI DMAT is a non-profit organization started in 1999 with the goal to recruit
and train medical health professionals to respond to public health emergencies
in the State of Rhode Island. RI DMAT has managed to become and integral part of Rhode Island's
and the Nation's emergency preparedness plans and response. Since its inception,
RI DMAT continues to broaden its horizons with more specific volunteer options, unparalleled instate capabilities, and a new integration of public health
awareness programs into the system.
The application process is extensive and due to restrictions placed on the RI-1 DMAT budget and HHS HR policies, RI DMAT is accepting application requests only from MDs, NPs, PAs, and RNs who have been an active member of the RI Medical Reserve Corps and have participated in MRC trainings for one year. The RI MRC works hand in hand with RI-1 DMAT team members and leadership in providing field hospital operations to the citizens of Rhode Island throughout the year. To join RI MRC please visit www.riresponds.org and click on the MRC Registration link.
The Federal component of the Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team (RI DMAT) falls under the auspice of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) housed within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Federally, RI DMAT is a level one DMAT with over 100 members. Typically, a Federal deployment of a DMAT team calls for the activation of a 35 member roster ranging from Administrative personnel to MDs for a two week deployment. RI DMAT has responded to every major disaster in this country since 1995. Members of NDMS are intermittent federal employees.
If you would like more information on the services provided by the RI DMAT team, please visit the services page