Hospital Preparedness Program
The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funding supported mobile units that were deployed following hurricanes Gustav and Ike and were used to alleviate stress on local emergency rooms in Lafayette, Abbeville, Erath, Delcambre and Thibodaux. The mobile units can be easily modified to fit the response need, including deployment as clinics, pharmacies, or a three-phased decontamination unit.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals utilized the supply trailer to push out medical equipment (e.g., AED, O2 regulator and supplies) to meet the request of parishes that lost the services of local hospitals. During Hurricane Gustav the following equipment and supplies were deployed:
- Two hospital and supply trailers were deployed to the LSU medical operations in Baton Rouge to support multiple sites (e.g., Bus Triage site, the Medical Special Needs Shelter (MSNS), and the Federal Medical Station).
- A trailer of supplies was deployed to the Lafayette Temporary Medical Operations and Staging Area (TMOSA) site and a trailer of supplies and equipment was deployed to the Search and Rescue Base of Operations (SARBOO) in Lake Charles.
- A Pharmaceutical cache was deployed to the Lafayette TMOSA and the Baton Rouge Medical Special Needs Shelter (MSNS).