Public Health Practices: Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
Public Health Practices
Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
ASTHO - The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Mobile Clinics Respond to the Needs of People Displaced by Tornadoes (OK)

Practice Description: 

On May 10, 2010, a massive tornado outbreak occurred in Oklahoma. Over 50 tornadoes touched down within a 36-hour period, and more than 200 homes were destroyed in Pottawattomie County alone. Evening storms and tornadoes resulted in significant human injury, damage to property, and 3 deaths. More than 1,000 people were affected by these storms, including those who lost their homes or sources of income.

OSHD worked extensively with partners to enable a quick response, including the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Homeland Security, the American Red Cross, local law enforcement, faith-based and community-based organizations, and 2-1-1 systems.

Within 12 hours of the emergency, the Oklahoma State Health Department (OSHD) used CDC funding to dispatch Field Medical Stations and strike teams of medical personnel to areas that had sustained storm damage. Public health workers at numerous vaccine clinics worked for 96 hours to ensure that Oklahoma residents who had been affected by the storm had proper immunizations and medical care.

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