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Erie County SMART ( 26 )

Profile:
The MRC has been designated as the official medical response organization of the Erie County Department of Health. The MRC and SMART have collaborated with the Western New York Public Health Alliance (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties) to build regional response capabilities and communication tactics that will enhance awareness, preparedness, and response capabilities for acts of terrorism and public health emergencies. Erie County MRC is able to provide volunteer resources to the other seven counties of WNY through existing mutual aid agreements. The SMART operational goal is to enlist, train, and retain health professionals (physicians, physicians' assistants, nurses, pharmacists, mental health providers, veterinarians, epidemiologists, and technical specialists) and non-health professionals who will respond to public health emergencies voluntarily. SMART has participated in many local and regional training exercises, including NDMS Patient Reception, Radiologic Incident, Smallpox Vaccination Clinics, Strategic National Stockpile reception and distribution, Influenza Vaccination Clinics, Nerve Agent Antidote training, and Incident Command training. SMART was activated for several real-life emergencies including a mass vaccination for Hepatitis A outbreak, Continental Crash 3407, and Multi-county flooding incident and most recently H1N1 vaccination Points of Dispensing.

Community/Jurisdiction Served:

New York
Erie County

Jurisdiction Notes :
The Erie County MRC is based in Erie County, NY but membership has been extended to residents of the eight most western counties of NY. Our unit is also available through mutual aid request for repsonse in the eight counties of WNY.

Sponsoring Organization:
Erie County Department of Health

DateEstablished:
9/30/2003

Unit Information:
Rath Building
95 Franklin St Room 931
Buffalo, NY 14202

Contact Information:
Sean Crotty
95 Franklin St
Room 959
(716) 858-7117
Buffalo, NY 14215

Unit Volunteers (648 Total) :
Volunteer Type Count
Physicians 124
Physician Assistants 17
Nurse Practitioners 24
Nurses 157
Pharmacists 25
Dentists 33
Veterinarians 6
Mental Health Professionals 13
EMS Professionals 89
Respiratory Therapists 7
Other Public Health/Medical 60
Non-Public Health/Non-Medical 93

Recent Activities:

3/19/2014 - 3/22/2014
Training by Erie County Health Department Epidemiology Office on "Disease Detective: The Role of Epidemiology in a Public Health Emergency "

2/12/2014 - 3/15/2014
Training overview of SNS/Working in a POD

2/3/2014 - 2/3/2014
SMART Executive Board Meeting

1/29/2014 - 1/29/2014
Volunteers participated and assisted in Rabies Clinic with the SPCA and Erie County Health Department

1/22/2014 - 1/25/2014
Informational Session on K-9 Therapy Teams