Catastrophic Medical Operations Center (CMOC) Basic Plan


The overarching goal of this Catastrophic Medical Operations Center (CMOC) plan is to mitigate medical and healthcare consequences of any disaster affecting Southeast Texas.

  • Written: February 2012
  • Approved:
  • Status: Updated December 2013.
  • Footprint: TSA Q, TSA R, and TSA H
  • Plan Owner: Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC)
  • Committee:
  • Links to:

What is this plan?

The purpose of this plan is to provide general guidelines for preparation, response, and recovery to natural and manmade events that endanger the patients, visitors, staff, and family members of medical healthcare facilities within the region. This plan describes how medical and healthcare facilities within the region collectively mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of an emergency or disaster. It also addresses the types of services and resources that are provided in certain situations. This plan outlines methods for assisting the staff of healthcare facilities within the region to deal with effects of disasters. It does not replace local, county, or facility plans and procedures.

This plan shows interaction between a a Catastrophic Medical Operations Center and:

Regional Incident Command

  • Incident command
  • Unified Command
  • Area Command
  • Multi-Agency Coordination Center
  • Regional Hospital Preparedness Council (RHPC)
  • Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC)
  • East Texas Gulf Coast Regional Advisory Council (RAC-R)
  • Emergency medical services (EMS) leaders
  • Houston Area Hospitals Emergency Management Collaborative (HAHEMC)
  • Strategic National Stockpile coordinators
  • Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC)
  • City and county health department representatives

State Response Partners

  • State Operations Center (SOC)
  • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Federal Response Partners

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)