Regional Preparedness

Emergency & Disaster Preparedness

CATRAC works with emergency management, hospitals, EMS, public health, first responders, and other agencies in emergency preparedness for 29 counties within Trauma Service Area (TSA) L, M, N, and O. The regions of TSA L, M, N, and O encompass the cities of Austin, Temple, Killeen, Waco, Brenham, Bryan and College Station. As part of the Hospital Preparedness Program, CATRAC works to enhance the ability of participating hospitals and healthcare facilities to improve surge capacity and enhance community and hospital preparedness for public health emergencies. CATRAC is also responsible for conducting a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) for these regions, and assists healthcare agencies with emergency and disaster preparedness planning and exercises. CATRAC has various medical assets including Mobile Medical Units (MMU), generators, response trailers, personal protective equipment, and other supplies that are available to be used during disasters, exercises, and planned events.


The Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) Project was developed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to create a network of regionally based, rapid response medical teams. The goal of the EMTF project is to provide a well-coordinated, rapid, professional medical response to large regional or state incidents. EMTF-7 is supported by four member RACs: The Brazos Valley, Central Texas, Heart of Texas, and Capital Area Regional Advisory Councils. As of July 1, 2017 the Department of State Health Services has designated CATRAC to be the lead contracting RAC for EMTF-7.

CATRAC Duty Officer

The Duty Officer (DO) serves as the principal point of contact for CATRAC after-hours, and is the emergency contact for regional agencies to obtain CATRAC resources after-hours or during emergencies. The DO also serves as the initial contact to set up the Capital Area Medical Operations Center (CAMOC). The phone number for the CATRAC Duty Officer is 512-931-4722.

Capital Area Medical Operations Center (CAMOC)

The CAMOC serves as a coordinated medical command for situational awareness during a planned or catastrophic event. The CAMOC also assists local Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) and/or a Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) in identifying, acquiring, and providing logistical support for TSA-O regional hospitals, EMS providers, public health, mental health, and other ESF 8 response partners.

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