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CT “Prepared” for Next Medical Emergency

April 16, 2013

HARTFORD, Conn. - Hospitals across New England were on alert Monday for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and local trauma officials say emergency preparedness now is part of the drill for all major events in the region.

Sandra Carter Brown manages the Center for Emergency Medical Preparedness at Hartford Hospital. Had there been more victims with life-threatening injuries, she said, they would have ended up in her unit. Brown wants locals to know they prepare for all major events.

"We're not behind the eight-ball when it comes to emergency preparedness," she declared. "We've been planning and planning and exercising the regional agencies, as well as the state agencies in the hospital community - police, fire and EMS."

Adding to the tragedy, an eight-year-old boy was one of those killed in Boston. The final mile of the Marathon had been dedicated to the Newtown shooting victims. According to a spokesperson for the families, both those who ran in the race and those seated in the VIP section for the Marathon were safe and accounted for.

Brown said everything from rock concerts to this fall's Hartford Marathon all require extra attention to emergency preparedness. She said the last round of national political conventions helped solidify the bonds among emergency responders in the region.

"Both affected the City of Hartford in terms of us having to have planning and strategy sessions with the states of Massachusetts and New York, in the event that something happened that we would need to put our emergency plans into effect," she said.

Brown noted that emergency preparedness relies heavily on federal funding, so that those responding to the Newtown shootings and now the Boston Marathon bombings are being forced to do more with less.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - CT