The Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) is a grant program under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Sedgwick County Health Department is the oversight agency for the MMRS program.
MMRS is an operational system at the local level that responds to terrorist incidents and other public health emergencies that create mass casualties or casualties requiring unique care capabilities. This system enables a metropolitan area to manage the event until state or federal response resources are mobilized.
The passage of the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 provided funding to all states for bioterrorism (BT) preparedness. The agreement provides support to state and selected local health departments, including the Sedgwick County Health Department to prevent and prepare for bioterrorism events.
FirstWatch™ is an early warning biosurveillance system designed to monitor the 9-1-1 and other public safety systems for abnormalities that may indicate a biological attack or other significant medical trends.
In the event of an incident that would require mass dispensing of emergency antibiotics, these pre-designated sites called Neighborhood Distribution Centers (NDC) would be set up to quickly distribute medications, vaccinations and information.