Ready For A Disaster

Local hospitals say they’re prepared for disasters like the one in San Bernardino.

After the first 15 minutes, when the staff is advised to take cover and let the police handle the initial threat, Manager of the Disaster Preparedness Office Troy Erbentraut says the staff comes together.

“First thing we would do is organize an incident management team, which is our administrators, directors and people.”

Erbentraut says his team trains for serious emergencies like an active shooter.

“So if you ask me if we are ready, I’d say yes. But preparedness is cyclical and we always have to be prepared.”

Erbentraut says that means they’re always prepared for the most likely threat, like a storm or domestic terror attack. OSF acts as a regional hospital coordinating center, handling disaster victims from across the state.

Erbentraut says doctors and surgeons must reprioritize in the case of influx of injured people, whether the disaster be from inside the facility or not.

But it’s not just the doctors and surgeons that must be ready.

“Preparedness has to include all departments and all facets.”

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