ALBANY, GA (WALB) – If a natural disaster or pandemic hits southwest Georgia, emergency responders have a new mobile hospital to help them deal with the crisis.
Thursday, Public Health set it up for the first time inside the Albany Civic Center. They can deploy the 50 bed facility to any of the 23 counties the Southwest Health District covers. It's one of 8 mobile hospitals now stationed around the state. It's a newer version of what was used in Americus after a tornado destroyed the hospital there three years ago.
"We have a little over 85 participants, partners throughout the region who are actually here putting it together putting hand on to see exactly what we have and then potentially looking at how their company their emergency room their hospital their EMA could use this mobile field hospital during an disaster," said Julie Miller, Southwest Georgia Health District Emergency Preparedness Director.
"It has 50 surge beds that does have mattresses on those beds that are actually more comfortable than what most people imagine," said Matthew Crumpton, Department of Public Health Training and Exercise Coordinator.
Organizers hope to set the hospital up at least once a year. Medical volunteers would staff it. Drills are planned on the coast in September and again this spring.