Hurricane Sandy Initial Medical Response of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

[Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] We are here to respond with support to the
aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. This is a medical shelter – it’s here because the county requested assistance
from the federal government to open up a shelter. Without this site the local shelters would
not be able to take care of the patients who have medical needs, as well as the hospitals
would not have a place for these patients to go. [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] [Music Playing] I caught a little bit of infection in my fingers,
and the doctors just had to cut them open. I guess I am going to go back to work because
I can’t stop. I really want to stay here and help – to help
out my people of Long Beach. The hospital is 100 percent functional
They operate on their own electrical grid as well as have their water supply separate
from the city. We’re here because they are at capacity – a
240 bed hospital, their currently at 450 patients, Their ER can not move patients inside for
admission because there is no place to go, So we’re here to help decompress their emergency
department. The stress on all of us is dramatic And clearly HHS assisting us in reducing some
of the stress And obviating some of the requirements that
would have otherwise been on the emergency services department, Is an important element in us weathering the
storm. So after a disaster happens the medical services
are interrupted, So here on Long Beach Island what happened
is that the medical center, the only hospital on this island, they lost their power, they
lost some of their other support services, And the people were displaced and also had
damage to their homes So the people that maybe worked at the hospital
couldn’t put their full force effort into work because they were so worried about their
own personal situations. When that happens then, the purpose of the
disaster team is to come in and basically setup field operations where there is a mobile
medical unit Or we actually go into the facility, the building
itself and staff that emergency room, or staff that hospital – so that’s what we have done. We have actually taken their place and provided
the services that the hospital could no longer provide because it had such severe storm damage. [Music Playing]

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