AK1 DMAT was first organized in 1997, and are one of about five DMATs that maintain cold weather response capabilities. We provide medical assistance to Americans in the events of natural or man made disasters, and give stateside support for injured men and women of the US military.
Team members have been deployed to the 9-11 Ground Zero Recovery Efforts in New York City, the Kosovo Refugee Process, Hurrican Katrina, and Haiti. We also have provided support during nomn-disaster situations, including, the Anchorage 2000 Millenium celebrations, the Nike games, Special Olympic World Games, and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. More recently, our team has been tasked to assist with the Hurricane Sandy rtecovery efforts in New York and the 2013 Presidential Inuaguration.
Alaska-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (AK1 DMAT) is a federally sponsored, local, volunteer based reponse team. We are part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), and respond to natural and man-mde disasters nationwide when needed. Your Alaskan team is made up of dostors, nurses, physician assistants, nurse pracrtioners, paramedics, EMTs, and non medical support personnel. Non-medical positions enhance our field capabilities with communications, logistics, safeety, security, IT and administration.
There are over 70 DMATs in the United States and Puerto Rico, having the same capabilities as AK1 DMAT. This allows flexibility for each team to go out for two weeks with ready replacements in time of national emergencies. In some situations, individual team members have been called up to fill in with another team. All teams operate on a rotation system, and are on call every three months.