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Texas Medical Rangers “During Emergencies, We’re There.”. Contributing to the Volunteer Solution for Preparedness. A few critically important questions:. If a terrorist attack, disaster or other large scale public health emergency happens in Texas…. Who will be there to help?

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Texas Medical Rangers

“During Emergencies, We’re There.”

Contributing to the Volunteer Solution for Preparedness

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A few critically important questions:

If a terrorist attack, disaster or other large scale public health emergency happens in Texas…

  • Who will be there to help?
  • Who will treat those affected?
  • Will there be enough people to respond adequately?
preparation process preparing for disasters

PREPARATION PROCESSPreparing for Disasters

  • Plans – planning for disaster response
  • People – detecting personnel gaps & filling them
  • Products – obtaining equipment, supplies, facilities
  • Practice – for individuals and teams
15 kiloton hiroshima homemade terrorist bomb
New York City

Population: 8 million (1.5 million Manhattan)

Dead: 1,000,000

Injured: 1,000,000

15 Kiloton “Hiroshima” Homemade Terrorist Bomb
pandemic flu outbreak
If H5N1 Virus mutates and human to human contagion results, the health care system may be overwhelmed

Alternate treatment sites and quarantine centers may be needed

Texas Medical Rangers will likely help staff them

Pandemic Flu Outbreak
the texas medical rangers
The Texas Medical Rangers

Responded to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

The Houston Medical Response Group was active at the Astrodome and at George R. Brown Convention Center

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The

Texas Medical Rangers

Our Mission Is

To Serve the people of Texas by

  • providing volunteer medical expertise,
  • health service support during public health emergencies or disasters
  • Inside Texas
  • at the call of the Governor.
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Teams of organized, specially-trained volunteers from all health-related fields, including support skills, with verified licensure

The

Texas Medical Rangers

The Medical Reserve Corps

of the Texas State Guard

including
Physicians

Nurses

EMT’s

Mental Health Professionals

Dentists

Pharmacists

Medical, Public Health, and Nursing Students

Non-medical support personnel

Including
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Part of U.S. Surgeon General’s network of Medical Reserve Corps volunteer organizations.

The

Texas Medical Rangers

  • We work only for the Governor of Texas
  • N0T subject to authority of U.S. President.
  • Available for missions only within Texas.
  • Available for missions expected to last a few days to a few weeks.
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No weapons or equipment.

Just good people willing to be ready to give a little of their time.

We provide ‘Surge Responders’ in emergencies

If a Texas Medical Ranger is called to duty, the Ranger can decline the mission.

We drill one Saturday morning per month

The

Texas Medical Rangers

(Characteristics Cont’d)

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We wear the State Guard uniform.

When on a state active duty official mission.

Texas HB 9 signed into law, effective 22 June 2003, provides immunity from civil liability.

State Guard worker’s compensation.

Your ‘day job’ is protected (with or without pay).

At Health Science Centers (state employees on duty keep benefits and coverage).

The

Texas Medical Rangers

(Characteristics Cont’d)

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GOVERNOR

------------------------------------------Texas Military Forces-----------------------------------

ADJUTANT

GENERAL

TEXAS ARMY

NATIONAL GUARD

TEXAS AIR

NATIONAL GUARD

TEXAS STATE GUARD

COMMANDER

REGIONAL

BRIGADES

TEXAS MEDICAL

RANGERS

The

Texas Medical Rangers

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To grow to about 2,000 members [now 350]

To be written into response plans by state and local authorities

To participate in local training

To provide active programs to train others

To provide care at community events

The

Texas Medical Rangers

Our Goals

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The

Texas Medical Rangers

We provide SURGE Responders

  • Help Staff or Manage Acute Care Centers
  • Augment TSDHS and Local Clinics
  • Help Staff Emergency Operation Centers
  • Help Staff Medical Question Call Centers
  • Help Staff Mass Vaccination / Antibiotic Sites
  • Assist with Strategic National Stockpile
  • Assist with Mass Triage
  • Provide Emergency Veterinary Response
  • Provide Mental Health Counseling
key points
We are ‘second’ or ‘third’ responders ----not first responders.

We serve only INSIDE the State of Texas

Individual Rangers decide which missions each will respond to.

We drill one Saturday morning per month

Key Points
typical missions
Operation Lone Star in the Rio Grande Valley each year

Medical support to the Multiple Sclerosis Society 150 Mile Bike Ride - Houston to Austin

Rabies Suppression

Preparing to assist Texans in case of disaster or weapons of mass destruction attack

Typical Missions
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Volunteer Locally – via the Harris County Medical Reserve Corps

Volunteer Statewide – via the Texas Medical Rangers

Or even Volunteer Nationwide or Internationally – via the Texas National Guard – [Our sister service]

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The

Texas Medical Rangers

Presentation of Texas Medical Rangers Colors

March 20, 2004

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“During Emergencies,

We’re There”

The

Texas Medical Rangers

Phone 713-851-8250 – MAJ. Gregory Bogard

Email: greg.bogard@us.army.mil

Webpage: swc2.hccs.edu/texasmedicalrangers

Or come to any meeting as a Visitor