Hospital Prepares for Disasters

1 decade 9 months 5 days ago Wednesday, August 15 2007 Aug 15, 2007 Wednesday, August 15, 2007 10:16:28 PM CDT August 15, 2007 in News

Capital Region Medical Center says it is ready to respond to a devastating event.

From the outside, it looks like a trailer one you might pull behind your truck.

But your trailer probably doesn't have a satellite linking response system or cost $200,000.

It's a mass casualty incident trailer designed to quickly respond to local disasters.

"It really has potential to serve us extremely well in times of emergency. And that's for the entire area, and we're very pleased with that," said Ed Farnsworth of Capital Region Medical Center.

The 24 foot trailer can accommodate up to 100 people in an emergency situation, and can operate with generators and propane tanks for three days.

The trailer is ready for action, and joins four of the same emergency response trailers in Mid-Missouri, including 3 in Columbia and one at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The trailer can do much more than just assist ambulances.

"It also can be used as a mobile instant command center," said Melodie White of Capital Region. "Maybe our hospital has some damage to it and we don't have space to have a command center for our staff, we can use it to get it up. It has all of the items for communication."

The trailer is a realization of a five year project of planning and receiving federal funds. "It's been a long process, but we feel privileged to have this trailer here at Capital Region and hope that it will be an asset to the community," said White.

The trailer will be kept at the hospital, and staff will maintain it monthly.

The trailer is designed to work with other emergency responders to coordinate efforts in Mid-Missouri and across the state.

Columbia company Amalfi built all 16 of the state's trailers.

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