Last updated: April 29. 2014 12:30PM - 828 Views
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Should a situation arise that Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center is ever without water, the local hospital will be ready.

TLRMC and Leitchfield Fire Department personnel collaborated on a disaster drill on Friday, April 25. The scenario: the hospital has lost water, and a chemical accident has caused community members to require hazmat cleansing.

To combat this, LFD personnel would attach the water pumps on their tankers to cleansing showers, located outside the hospital, that would decontaminate patients, said TLRMC Director of Planning and Marketing Bill Oldham.

Any patient who has been exposed to a chemical must be decontaminated before entering the hospital, Oldham said.

In addition, the LFD would set up two large water tanks - one capable of holding 1500 gallons and the other capable of holding 2000 gallons - that, when filled, can serve as a water supply for the hospital, according to Oldham.

TLRMC also has a water purification system that can be used to prepare its own bottled water should the need arise, said Grayson County Emergency Management Director Ernie Perkins.

Oldham said from the time the LFD is called in, as long as TLRMC has electricity, the hospital can have water and a decontamination system set up within 15 minutes.

TLRMC generally hosts one to two disaster drills every year with a different scenario each time, Oldham said.

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