According to U.S. News, the United States’ readiness for responding and managing a public health crisis has improved by 11% since 2013, averaging a 7.1 on a 10-point scale.1 This comes as good news as America has experienced increasing health security threats in the past years. Seventeen public health emergencies were declared from 2001 to 2016. However, in 2017 alone, 15 public health emergencies were declared,2 meaning that 2017 experienced an astounding 1223% average increase in public health emergencies as compared to the previous years.
In 2017, 11 of the 15 public health emergencies were declared due to tropical storms and hurricanes.2 The Weather Channel is predicting 13 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes in 2018.3 The hurricanes of 2017 claimed many lives and caused extreme damage, so it is vital communities stay prepared for what could potentially come during the late summer months.
While the United States has experienced an increase in public health preparedness in the past few years, there are still 21 states that are below the national average index analysis of 7.1 in preparedness, and in the year 2016, four states saw their levels decline.1 According to the analysis, one of the biggest factors between the high-rated and lowest-rated state scores is their communities’ planning and engagement during a public health emergency.
In the face of a national disaster, communities can take many steps to stay prepared. The Mobile Morgue and Mobile Decontamination Trailers from Hazmat Medical Associates were designed for easy setup and quick response to a mass emergency.
The Mobile Morgue Trailer assists when a morgue is over capacity due to a mass casualty incident, renovation or cooler outages. Trailers come with 20-24 stainless steel body trays for durability and ease of sterilization as well as a generator and shorelines.
The Mobile Decontamination Trailer is designed to be set up within minutes to respond to a hazardous material emergency. The Mobile Decontamination Trailer features two lanes with three zones to efficiently provide dual decontamination simultaneously.
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