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International Medical Corps and FEDEX Partner to Respond to Large-Scale Disasters

According to the World Health Organization, natural disasters kill approximately 90,000 people and affect almost 160 million people each year, worldwide. The importance for governments, local municipalities, first responders, as well as international aid organization to rapidly respond to such disasters with mobile hospitals and medical facilities cannot be understated. “The first 72 hours following…
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DONATED BLU-MED HOSPITAL FACILITY BECOMES REGION’S RESCUE COMMAND CENTER AFTER 3 MAJOR EARTHQUAKES IN CENTRAL ITALY

Within the span of four days, three powerful earthquakes devastated the central Umbria region of Italy. Stone and concrete structures, common in this mountainous province, previously compromised by the massive 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Amatrice on August 24, which killed nearly 300 people, offered little resistance. Centuries-old structures, many of historical significance, were reduced to…
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The Importance of Deployable Morgues for Disaster Sites

Natural disasters of all types and intensity carry risk of fatalities. Even minor inclement weather scenarios can have tragic effects and loss of life. Deployable morgues fill a critical need within effective medical care operations at disaster sites. Disaster response planning should always include these systems in order to manage deceased victims respectfully, efficiently, and…
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Blu-Med Participates in Delaware Hurricane Exercise

The Delaware Air National Guard, 166th Medical Group was the lead unit for the exercise and responsible for the setup of a BLU-MED Response System® mobile hospital. The BLU-MED medical facility included an administration area, triage area, operating room, and patient ward.

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Field Hospitals

Combat and disaster zones require complete medical support for everything from simple illnesses and scrapes, to intensive care, surgery, and even isolation capacity in the event of the outbreak of a disease or virus such as Ebola. Portable field hospitals provide the rapid deployment, ease of transport, and comprehensive medical services and equipment to serve…
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Ecuador and Japan Earthquakes Highlight Need for Mobile Medical Facilities

Deadly earthquakes have struck regions of Ecuador and Japan in the past week, resulting in hundreds of deaths, thousands injured, and leaving a combined total of almost 450,000 in need of aid and/or shelter. The extreme and sudden effects of large scale disasters highlight a need for mobile medical facilities and shelter accommodation that can…
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Emergency Preparation Guide

By definition, emergencies and disasters are difficult to prepare for—they are unexpected events with dangerous, destructive, and even deadly consequences. Even though we cannot predict exactly when a disaster might occur, plenty can be done to prepare for one. For families, institutions, businesses, and governments, the occurrence of disasters isn't a question of if, but…
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Portable Disaster Response Structures for Flooding

Flooding causes a sudden state of emergency that can force communities to evacuate residents to safety, displace families from their homes and cause damage to vital infrastructure. In South Carolina, heavy rains swamped local communities, triggering President Barack Obama to declare a state of disaster from flooding. Since Oct. 3, at least 13 dams failed,…
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Communities Need Disaster Preparedness Plans

Emergency preparedness extends beyond communities that have a high probability of experiencing manmade or natural disasters. Even if a region is not historically disaster-prone, unforeseen catastrophes can still occur. In fact, Ready.gov states that, during a person’s lifetime, most communities are at risk from several types of hazards, including terrorist attacks, pandemics, home fires, and…
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Negative Pressure Isolation Facilities for Disease Outbreaks

In the event of an act of bio-terrorism or an outbreak of an infectious airborne disease, negative pressure isolation facilities are critical systems. They are vital for safely treating infected patients, monitoring quarantined individuals and protecting nearby communities from infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide guidelines and requirements for Airborne Infection Isolation…
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September is National Preparedness Month

Sept. 11, 2015 marked the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a tragic event that shook many Americans to their core. In addition to showing our ability to come together, both nationally and in smaller communities, the attacks identified the need for better preparedness for disasters of all kinds. September is now National Preparedness…
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Helicopter Hangars for Disaster Response

If your local agency or organization is responsible for disaster response planning and preparation with a helicopter, then you should consider including a helicopter hangar in your disaster response program. These structures help to maintain readiness of the aircraft that are vital for medevac and even victim rescue. This is particularly true if disaster affects…
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Wildfires Test the Pacific Northwest’s Disaster Preparedness

In the recent weeks, the rampant wildfires on the west coast have burned almost 1.7 million acres and driven whole communities from their homes. More than 28,000 firefighters and other support personnel are battling fires from Sacramento, California, to northeastern Washington state. On August 21, President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Washington,…
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Mobile Medical Facilities for Remote Locations

Disaster response requires additional considerations and needs when the affected community is in a remote location. Without the support of nearby medical treatment facilities and emergency response infrastructure, these communities can be affected more severely in disasters than urban settings. Mobile medical facilities offer the flexibility and portability needed to support remote locations in their…
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