PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT (PHEM) WITHIN THE DOD
|Publication Date:||28 March 2019|
In accordance with DoD Directive (DoDD) 5124.02, this issuance:
• Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides direction to ensure mission assurance and readiness for public health emergencies caused by all-hazards incidents.
• Defines a public health emergency within the DoD to include the occurrence or imminent threat of an illness or health condition that poses a high probability of a significant number of deaths, serious or long-term disabilities, widespread exposure to an infectious or toxic agent, overwhelmed health care resources, or severe degradation of mission capabilities.
• Provides DoD policy for management of public health emergencies, in accordance with DoD Instruction (DoDI) 6055.17, through integration with the DoD Emergency Management (EM) Program.
• Outlines the public health emergency health powers, roles, and responsibilities of the military installation commander, including the authority for restriction of movement.
• Details procedures for internal and external notifications of DoD-declared public health emergencies.
• Clarifies the PHEM roles and responsibilities of the medical treatment facility (MTF) commander or director, the public health emergency officer (PHEO), and the medical emergency manager (MEM).