Local hospitals, EMTs prepare for severe weather

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With severe weather hitting places like Franklin, Texas, there is always the threat of something like this happening here in Waco.

“Especially when it comes to the possibility of tornadoes activity and hail,” says Michael Harmon, with Bell County Emergency Management.

But this doesn’t mean we in Central Texas are not prepared.

“We’ve been in close contact with the weather service. We’ve sent updates from them to all of the public safety chiefs in the county,” Harmon says.

The Bell County Emergency Management Team says they not only monitor the weather, but all the 911 calls in the area.

“We can see all the calls that come in, the nature of the calls, and then if there’s anything weather-related, then we can take action,” Harmon says.

In the meantime, local hospitals are on standby making sure their staff is prepared.

“We have a emergency response guide, and in there it has multiple things in there. So there’s a thunderstorm warning, thunderstorm watch tornado warning, tornado watch,” says Anne Johnson, Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Emergency Management Manager.

They also make sure extra supplies and power sources are available for the patients.

“So a mass casualty cart will have additional supplies on it. It will have on their additional bandages, additional supplies, and that kind of stuff that can go right out to wherever we might need that to be,” Johnson says.

Supplies are also ready for incoming patients if disaster strikes.

“From a trauma center standpoint, we are ready 24-7 for whatever kind of event that is. Weather usually brings trumatic injuries, and so that’s what we do every day,” says Lori Robb, Regional Trauma Director.

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