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ER, Disaster clearinghouse are up and running

March 5, 2007

Americus --  Since Sumter Regional Hospital is unusable, a temporary Emergency Room is now set up to treat minor injuries and stabilize emergencies for transport. The nearest medical facility is 20 miles away at Flint River Hospital in Montezuma. So to deal with emergency treatments, crews set up a temporary ER across Mayo Street from the Hospital.

The 50 bed facility can handle anything the ER would normally deal with, like 23 hour observation for patients that need IV fluid or antibiotics it will have capability for labs, lab tests and X-Rays, OB Obstetrics monitoring capabilities, but no surgical capabilities.

A Disaster Recovery Center is now open in Americus so people can get federal and state aid. The Center opened at the corner of Highway 19 and Rucker Street. Storm victims can register for disaster assistance including grants and low interest business loans.

Other services such as food and temporary housing help are also available from the Red Cross... Health Department... and Salvation Army.

Applicants need basic information when they come here, the same information they would have at home if they called to apply, their social security number if it's available,  their address, where they re currently living, most importantly how staff can get in touch with them.

You don't have to stop by the center to register. You can also call FEMA at 1- 800-621-FEMA or go on-line at The center will be open through Saturday from 8:00 to 6:30.

As people try to clean up, they re asking surrounding community to help them gather supplies. A center has been set up to accept cleaning supplies and non-perishable food at the Fairgrounds on Highway 30. The county is asking for cleaning supplies such as Clorox and leather gloves. People also need of personal items.

County Administrator Lynn Taylor said "Citizens need personal items and that includes personal hygiene items, baby diapers, baby food, toothpaste, all sorts of paper products whether it's paper towels , toilet tissue paper plates, cups, plastic cutlery, because a lot of people don T have anything like these items."

The Center is also accepting monetary donations so families without access to cash or their bank can buy whatever they might need.


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