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Maintaining Essential Services - Immediate Healthcare Coalition ResponseDuring Kentucky ESF 8 preparedness planning, emergency support trailers were strategically placed in each of the healthcare planning coalition regions. These mobile medical assets included emergency medical supplies and generators so that facilities could maintain essential healthcare delivery services during a disaster. However, tornadoes don’t necessarily read even the best laid disaster plans of a jurisdiction and many of the nearby assets in Region 8 and 9 were destroyed.
Assets destroyed in both Magoffin County, (SE of Morgan) and Morgan County
Even though response assets were destroyed, redundant planning and good coordination between Kentucky ESF 8 and their healthcare coalitions enabled other resources to be mobilized and deployed to assist Morgan County ARH.
ESF 8 – Healthcare Coalition Resource ManagementThe first HPP Region 8 resources were moved into West Liberty within the first hour of the event. A representative from the Kentucky Region 8 Healthcare Planning Coalition stated: “Decisions we made months ago as a group made a real difference during this disaster”. This planning made it possible for the following assets to be rapidly deployed:
Supporting Critical ServicesAdditional regional and state HPP equipment and generators were deployed and enabled ARH Morgan County to keep their Emergency Department open, even though the rest of the hospital was evacuated.
HPP Region 10 80kW and 45kW generators at Morgan County ARH
Transitioning into RecoveryThe generators and other equipment that were provided to ensure immediate post-incident support enabled the hospital to bring back online X-ray, lab, pharmacy, and clinic services. The resource support continued as Morgan County ARH began to rebuild the rest of the hospital.
KDPH HPP 45kW Generator and Portable AC Unit supporting hospital clinical areas at Morgan County ARH
Recovery CompleteThe coordination and cooperation of the Healthcare Planning Coalitions in Kentucky were instrumental in assisting one of their own through a disaster into recovery. They did not rebuild the hospital but provided resources and assistance so that the hospital could continue to do business and provide care to the community. This is the essence of what healthcare coalitions do.
Congratulations Kentucky on a job well done!
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