Thirteen Health Agencies Prepare for Disaster

7 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago Thursday, April 28 2011 Apr 28, 2011 Thursday, April 28, 2011 11:41:00 AM CDT April 28, 2011 in News
By: Christine Karsten

BOONVILLE - Thirteen local public health agencies met at the Cooper County Fairgrounds Thursday to learn what to do if a tornado hit their region. The Central Local Public Health Coalition was in charge of the event, teaching the agencies the proper protocol.

The thirteen agencies from 13 counties in central Missouri worked as one to prepare the place where they would distribute vaccinations during a disaster. They learned how to set up a tent that would hold the medical supplies that would be used. 

To accommodate different types of weather, the tent can be heated, cooled and have electricity with a generator that is kept in a trailer. The trailer holds the generator, 2 tents, medical supplies, tables, chairs and other materials that would be needed.  The Central Local Public Health Coalition spent about 130 thousand dollars on this trailer and supplies.

While this specific scenario involved a tornado, these supplies could be used to provide aid in other disasters as well. If case of an emergency, these tents would be moved to the place of disaster and rely on local media to get the location out to the public.  

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