Health Department Adds to Emergency Response Resources

Created on Friday, 07 October 2011 14:42

Contact: Collette DuValle, 317-221-2463

The Marion County Public Health Department has added to its inventory of emergency preparedness assets with the arrival of two quick deployment multi-purpose all weather tents that can be used for a variety of operations.

The two 18 x 46 tents can create a 20-bed clinic with more than 1,400 square feet of space. The tents can be used for immunization clinics, temporary office space and other needs. Generator-supported lights, heating and air conditioning are also part of the tent system.

Along with the tents, the health department has a mobile command trailer that can attach to the tents, creating an additional 14 x 22 space for incident command needs.

Similar tent systems have been purchased by the Hamilton, Madison and Tippecanoe health departments, creating an even larger pool of compatible, temporary space that could be used during a large-scale event.

“We continue to work with federal, state and local partners to ensure we have all the tools necessary for a large-scale public health emergency response. This approach is essential in using our dollars effectively to protect the well-being of our community and our neighboring counties,” said Virginia A. Caine, M.D., director, Marion County Public Health Department.