How the Hospital Prepares
In 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, SRHS formed the Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) to ensure the ability to respond to any kind of emergency. The HERT now consists of more than 100 volunteers available to assist the hospital and community in the event of a local or regional disaster. Specialty team volunteers train quarterly and the entire team.
The HERT has several specialty teams trained to handle specific kinds of emergencies.
- Decontamination Strike Team - This team trains and prepares for patient decontamination in the event of chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear contamination.
- SCMED2 Team - This team trains and prepares to deploy a 30 bed mobile medical facility. This facility is fully operational where patients can be treated with the same quality of care as if they were in a traditional hospital facility.
- Water Response Filtration System - This system can draw water from a pond or lake and safely filter it so it can be used as potable water.
The HERT also participates annually in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). NDMS is a federally coordinated system designed to strengthen the nation’s medical response capability.
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