Special Needs Drill in Dothan

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

When hurricane sandy hit the northeast, it left thousands without power or water.
Many people fled to shelters for help.
National media coverage convinced emergency officials in Dothan to hold a mock drill at their shelters.

“The special medical needs shelter is something that is very important to the community and now of course we had hurricane sandy devastate the north east usa and that’s exactly why we are here testing in case we have such a bit in Alabama, we have the people, the resources and the facilities to be able to handle the special needs population.” Safety and pre-hospital services director Bruce Mcneal said.

Multiple agencies like the fire department, health department and nurses from area hospitals came together to coordinate.

“It’s to bring everybody together so they know who all the players are and their individual responsibilities are.” Mass Care Coordinator Tom Boyle said.

The shelter will be able to hold up to 50 people. There will also be a room set up like a hospital.

“You'll have cots as you can see here there will be more cots than this but there will also be some beds in here should we need them. IV stands, different things the physicians need that will support this facility.” Boyle said.

Officials say even though there isn't a threat of severe weather coming toward the south…

“Now’s the best time to do it so you can get everything lined up the way you need it to be get all the bugs worked out of it because when the times comes it’s too late.” Boyle said.

More than seven agencies came out to the drill today.

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