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Joplin disaster drill started May 18,2011

 
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Nationwide drills come 200 years after New Madrid earthquake
Updated: May 18, 2011 6:06 PM CDT
Reported by Angela Garcia, Reporter - bio | emailJOPLIN, MISSOURI - From December 1811 to February 1812, a series of four earthquakes shook the New Madrid fault line. The quakes ranged from 7.0 to 8.0 magnitudes.

If the New Madrid fault line shakes again, the White House wants hospital and emergency workers to be ready. That is why they have implemented the largest planning drill in U.S. history, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the 1811 quakes.

Freeman Director of Emergency Trauma Services Bob Denton says it is vital to prepare for worse-case scenarios.

"For many communities, the hospital is the place that people go to in times of distress," Denton says. "We need to practice disaster drills so that when the event does occur, first of all, we know what to expect from other agencies, and also what to expect in our own organization."

One of today's scenarios involved getting medical supplies in the event that their resources are exhausted.

The drills also prepare employees with fatality management, mass shelter and power outages.

Warning systems are in place for natural disasters such as tornados. Earthquakes, however, can hit unexpectedly and at any time.

The Director of Clinical Operations at Freeman, Linda Dean, says recovering from an earthquake can take longer than other natural disasters and make it difficult to ship important supplies.

"You've got all this devastation of these huge major thoroughfares so you interrupt, truthfully you interrupt the east to west transportation, west-east transportation across the whole United States with this so it is very, very, very devastating," says Dean.

Freeman along with other agencies near the New Madrid seismic zone will participate in this drill until Friday.
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Re: Joplin disaster drill started May 18,2011
what a way to clear out and evacuate the populace, will there be MORE deaths from the sky, before the quake/flood/quake/flood/etc.

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Re: Joplin disaster drill started May 18,2011
JOPLIN, Mo.--
The Freeman Health System employees join in a nationwide earthquake exercise. Japanese earthquake - the biggest to date ranking at 8.9, it stunned the world.

Because of disasters like this, area hospitals are preparing for the worst.
Dir. of Clinical Operations at Freeman Health System Linda Dean says, "From Monday until today, we were out of power, the land lines were down the cell towers were down."

Its a scenario that's all part of a nationwide drill, and Freeman Health System is one many hospitals in 8 states to join in.

Dir. of Emergency Trauma Services at Freeman Health System Bob Denton says,"We're looking at how we care for our patients within our organization..how we're going to meet their needs as well as the employees."

It imitates a 7.7 earthquake, damaging 87,000 buildings and killing nearly 100,000 people.
Dean says, "This is something that goes on for days and weeks and months. You have your after shocks."

Employees set up cots and IV's - just a few of the hundreds they would need in a real disaster.
Denton says, "Communication is always a vital piece of what we do."

But in this exercise they're training on what to do without it.
One strategy uses radio operators to reach others.

All of this, just in case the simulation becomes real.
And Bon Denton says the disasters now can be a learning tool for the future.
Denton says, "We need to seize those moments as opportunity to take away from it what we can to make the situation a better situation."

The nationwide exercise is sponsored by the federal government.

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Re: Joplin disaster drill started May 18,2011
Perhaps the tornadoes and the New Madrid fault are related afterall. spock
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Perhaps the tornadoes and the New Madrid fault are related afterall. spock
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The Illuminati planned this all along!

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Re: Joplin disaster drill started May 18,2011
...THERE IS A MDT RISK OF SVR TSTMS WED AFTN AND EVE ACROSS EAST
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI...MUCH OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN
ARKANSAS...SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AND MUCH OF SOUTHERN INDIANA...WESTERN
KENTUCKY...WESTERN TENNESSEE AND NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI...

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