Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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RE: Where is that FAT BOY when you need him?
Alfa - 9/2/2005 6:19 PM
Have any of you EVER IN YOUR LIFE worked a natural disaster/mass causality situation of ANY significant scale? I ask this in a sarcastic manner because it is painfully obvious that you have not.
I have worked several of them, while in the Army, and the response of our Military in this situation is top notch. Do you have any clue what it takes to set up field hospital? A small one, say MASH sized (60 beds, 4 OR tables, 6 ER beds, Lab, X-ray, etc) takes a minimum of 5 acres of flat, dry, clear real estate to set up just the hospital (you need another 5 acres for the Helipad, motor pool, power plant, water supply, laundry unit, living area, mess hall, etc). Where in that area do you see a piece of land meeting that requirement? Combat Support Hospitals take 12 acres (just for the Hospital), and Evacuation Hospitals take FORTY acres, JUST FOR THE HOSPITAL! There are at least 6 field hospitals enroute, where are they going to put them? Any suggestions, hot shots? The Mercy is enroute but she couldnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t exactly be pre-positioned in the Gulf now could she? I could be wrong. I'm just guessing that you wouldn't want to park her in the Gulf DURING the hurricane.
Granted the response of several of the state agencies could have been a tad better organized, but they are dealing with TWO BACK TO BACK DISASTERS. A Hurricane followed by a flood that is still ongoing.
There ya go, burdening people with your actual experience and actual knowledge. Spoilsport.