DCH improving emergency response system


[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1366755388&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4029234&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1366755388 type=script]TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Tuscaloosa’s DCH Medical Center is preparing for the next major disaster.

The medical center is tweaking its emergency response system.

The changes are based on what officials have learned from the 2011 tornadoes and other mass-casualty events, such as the Boston Marathon bombings.

Improvements to the system include designated overflow rooms and new notification technologies.

“In a relatively short amount of history, we’ve had it all,” Brad Fisher said. “And this isn’t that big of a community. So we’ve had it all, and you better be ready for it, because you could have it again.”

A new grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will also provide DCH with impact-resistant windows for intensive care units that can withstand debris hits at 200-miles per hour.

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