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FEMA IS 808: Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 – Public Health and Medical Services Answers

1. Which ESF #8 support agency would monitor the health of search and rescue teams at a disaster site?
A. U.S. Department of Labor
B. Environmental Protection Agency
C. U.S. Office of Personnel Management
D. U.S. Department of Homeland Security

2. As a support agency, the Department of Defense would assist ESF #8 by transporting patients from a hospital damaged in an earthquake to a nearby non-Federal hospital.
A. True
B. False

3. The Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT):
A. Provides policy-level guidance and advice to the President through the Domestic Readiness Group.
B. Is a specialized team equipped to provide medical care for victims of weapons of mass destruction.
C. Serves as ESF #8 representatives in the field and performs required liaison and leadership functions.
D. Includes a team leader and mental health professionals dedicated to providing crisis intervention services for incident survivors.

4. National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) teams are staffed by:
A. Uniformed members of the Armed Services who are practicing medical professionals.
B. Agency personnel and others with specialized training and expertise.
C. Private-sector hospital teams that are under contract to provide services when disaster strikes.
D. FEMA disaster assistance reservists with medical qualifications and experience.

5. Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 – Public Health and Medical Services provides the mechanism for coordinated Federal assistance in response to public health and medical disasters or emergencies (e.g., pandemic flu outbreak, bioterrorism attack) and natural disasters (e.g., hurricane, earthquake, flood).
A. True
B. False

6. Which agency serves as the ESF #8 coordinator?
A. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
B. Environmental Protection Agency
C. White House Homeland Security Council
D. Federal Emergency Management Agency

7. Which ESF #8 support agency assists with public health matters related to animal diseases and food safety?
A. U.S. Department of Commerce
B. Bureau of Land Management
C. Environmental Protection Agency
D. U.S. Department of Agriculture

8. Which of the following activities is included under the ESF #8 scope?
A. Establishing temporary housing for elderly residents whose housing was damaged
B. Providing daycare for children displaced by a disaster
C. Ensuring that lost companion animals are reunited with their owners
D. Eradicating disease-causing pests in the event of a disease outbreak

9. Public Health and Medical Services under ESF #8’s scope is limited to meeting the needs of incident victims and response workers while excluding veterinary and/or animal health issues.
A. True
B. False

10. The Family Assistance Center Team, working in conjunction with the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams, the American Red Cross, and other agencies or private companies involved in an incident, collects victim information and conducts death notifications.
A. True
B. False