In addition to the deployments listed here, the Seattle-King County Disaster Team has continuously coordinated medical services and staffing for a clinic in Haiti since 1998.

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Emergency & ServiceDeployments

Deployments have been through SKCDT as well as with the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Disaster Medical Assistance Team Washington-1 (DMAT WA-1). SKCDT is no longer affiliated with NDMS or DMAT WA-1. This change was made in compliance with Federal requirements that NDMS teams separate from associated private, non-profit entities.

SKCDT Deployment History

American Samoa

A team of 5 members were deployed to American Samoa to provide H1N1 vaccinations to hundreds of people.

Centers for Disease Control

Training for H1N1 infuenza surge.

Hurricane Gustav

Multiple team members were deployed to form a strike team (also included other team’s medical personnel).  Additional WA-1 team members assisted with a number of other teams.

Wildfires of San Diego County, CA

The team provided medical care at many shelters throughout San Diego County.  The majority of the 12 day deployment was spent at the Pechanga Indian Reservation in Temecula assisting the local medical staff.

Hurricane Dean
Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, LA

The team was deployed to the final location of the New Orleans Louisiana Airport to provide medical assistance to evacuees. At the New Orleans Airport, the team worked throughout many days in one of the most austere environments with an extremely heavy patient load. The team worked out of the DMAT tents in the airport initially throughout the days and nights then eventually graveyard with the OR-2 DMAT.

Hurricanes Rita and Wilma
Hurricane Ivan
Bend Oregon cold weather drill
Guam neonatal intensive care staffing
East Coast Avian Influenza

Team was deployed for 22 days to assist the United States Department of Agriculture and Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT ) from across the U.S. in an attempt to control an outbreak of Avian Influenza. During this deployment the team assisted in taking biologic samples from local avian species.

Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City, UT

A strike team of 5 people were deployed to the Winter Olympics for counter-terrorism standby.

World Trade Center 9/11, New York, NY

DMAT WA-1 along with members from DMAT OR-2 responded to the World Trade Center Disaster six weeks after the attack. Members staffed two treatment areas at Ground Zero for a period of two weeks providing medical care for injured rescue and construction workers.

Floods of Houston, TX

Two RN's responded to torrential rains caused by Hurricane Allison and subsequent massive flooding paralyzing the Houston area. The members were deployed for one week to augment hospital staff that were displaced by the flooding.

Kosovo Refugees, Fort Dix, NJ

Two RN's responded to an NDMS request for help in processing Kosovo refugees. Thousands of Kosovo refugees came into and were processed at Fort Dix. Assisted by translators, the nurses, physicians, and medics that were in the clinic were enlightened by the perseverance and hardy attitude of the Kosovo people, often with heartbreaking stories of terror and torture from the Serbs. The operation spanned approximately one month, with the Kosovans eventually being distributed around the U.S. for short term care. They could eventually opt to apply for immigration or return to their homeland once it was safe.

World Trade Organization Conference, Seattle, WA

The team deployed on a seven day training exercise during the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle. Members of WA-1, as well as members of DMAT CA-1, CA-4 and CA-6 met for the purpose of further developing coordination between DMAT's following a weapons of mass destruction - chemical or biological release. Numerous training sessions were conducted during the week on medical and logistical topics. A mock decontamination and treatment area was set up to display NDMS capabilities to local emergency responders.

Floods of Grand Forks, ND

This was the first time WA-1 was deployed to a flood disaster. As part of the Federal Response Plan, the team integrated its activities with the local Military Medical Command and United Hospital. The primary responsibility of WA-1 was to provide medical care to the 5000 displaced people housed in a hanger called "Three Bays". In addition, WA-1 staffed the night shift in the Air Base's Emergency Department.

Olympic Games, Atlanta, GA

This was the first time DMAT personnel were utilized for counter terrorism medical stand-by. Multiple 5 person "Strike Teams" were pre-staged throughout the Olympic Games at Dobbins Air Force Base as a part of a contingency response to Weapons of Mass Destruction. The Team received specialized military training in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical agents.

Northridge Earthquake, Los Angeles, CA

As part of the Federal Response Plan, the Team was deployed to Santa Clarita and set up a Field Medical Unit adjacent to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and Santa Clarita Emergency Operations Center. The Field Medical Unit primarily served a poor, non-English speaking population. Medical Outreach Team's visited local shelters.

Hurricane Iniki, Kauai, HI

Hurricane Iniki marked the Team's first deployment under the auspices of the Federal Response Plan. This was the Team's first deployment to a hurricane ravaged area. The Team was based in Hanalei and set up a Field Medical Unit at a Mormon Church facility. In addition, we set up "Satellite Treatment Stations" in rural areas without medical access. Team members also flew by military helicopter to assist with a public health survey and initiated outreach treatment to patients in the area.

Earthquake of Luzan Island, Philippines

Through the Philippine Consulate in Seattle, the Team was requested to provide assistance. The Team was assigned to assist in a remote mountainous area in the Province of Nueva Edja. This rural population was isolated by mud slides along a major route linking the Island from North to South called the "Friendship Highway". The Team Structural Engineer assisted members in surveying roads and bridges for structural safety. A 22 member "Special Forces" unit was attached to the team for "security" because of the threat of guerrilla rebels in the area. The Team operated a Field Medical Unit in the center of a barrio called Capintalan in the town of Carranglian, treating a total of 229 people. Team members assisted with search & rescue and evacuated patients to San Jose. At the conclusion of the deployment, the Team was honored at a Presidential Reception with Corazon Aquino.

Earthquake of Lenninakan, Armenia

In the city of Lenninakan (population 207,000; 11,490 sq. miles) which 80% was destroyed, operated a Field Medical Unit, assisted with search and rescue of damaged buildings, triaged disaster sites and provided medical services at various locations around the city. Physician staff also assisted in a local hospital in Yerevan, the capital city.

Earthquake of El Salvador

Operated a Field Medical Unit in a barrio called "El Paraiso". Assisted in construction of a temporary emergency department to replace the damaged Benjamin Bloom Children's Hospital.

Mexico City Earthquake

Established one of the first "Open Door Clinics" in one of the poorest barrios in Mexico City. Provided Field Search and Rescue Night Operations at the "pancaked" 13 story high-rise apartment building, Nuevo Leon. In addition, our paramedics assisted in staffing local ambulances.