American Red Cross hosts disaster conference

By Melanie Ruberti - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The American Red Cross hosted it's annual disaster conference on Friday. The focus was on health care providers working with emergency agencies during a disaster situation.

The focus quickly turned to the recent H1N1 flu outbreak. Guests talked about how to respond and how to be prepared if the virus should come to the Coastal Empire. "The health care providers will be better prepared. They'll understand how to work in a disaster situation, what to expect and how to project the amount of work they can anticipate, and how they can better serve the communities," explained CEMA Emergency Management Specialist, Jim Drinnon.

Melanie Howard, a St. Joseph's Candler pediatric nurse and American Red Cross volunteer agreed. "It will help me so we'll know exactly how to plan for patients in the hospital, how to triage patients, making sure the patients in the hospital are the ones who need to be there. What we need to do with the families, our own co workers and their children."

The conference also discussed natural disasters, like floods or tornadoes, and emergencies like the explosion at Imperial Sugar.

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