Health & Medical Area Command
When activated, the Health & Medical Area Command is staffed by personnel with disaster planning and response expertise; including representatives from Public Health, the Coalition, local response agencies, and the Public Health Reserve Corps.
Coordinating with other emergency management and response agencies, the Coalition supports healthcare organizations in times of crisis.
The Multi-Agency Coordinating (MAC) Group is the policy decision-making body within the Health & Medical Area Command, and operates under the authority of the Local Health Officer.
- The role of the MAC Group is to make policy recommendations and set priorities for countywide health and medical response. MAC Group members advise the Local Health Officer regarding necessary policy level decisions. The Local Health Officer in turn makes all final decisions.
The MAC Group is comprised of:
- Local Health Officer, as an authorized decision maker
- Healthcare Coalition Executive Council members
- Emergency Medical System Medical Directors (Seattle & King County)
- The King County Medical Examiner
Providing Updates and Situational Awareness
The Health & Medical Area Command collects essential information from healthcare and response partners during a response, and creates documents for distribution including: snapshot reports, situation reports, healthcare impact reports and HMAC bulletins.
Utilizing WATrac During a Response
WATrac serves as an incident management platform that can assist healthcare organizations with their internal organizational response.
When HMAC is activated, WATrac serves as an important tool for communicating with healthcare partners, collecting information on the status of healthcare organizations and bed availability, and managing resources.
Tools and resources available through WATrac
Assistance During an Emergency
To receive resource support during a disaster, all King County healthcare providers should have contact information for Health and Medical Area Command at hand in case of an event. To request this non-public information please email KCHC@kingcounty.gov.