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Friday, April 19 2013, 12:12 PM EDT
Miami Valley's Preparedness for Mass Casualty
DAYTON -- Images from the week will now, unfortunately, be burned in our hearts and minds forever.

"It's horrifying," Valerie Addison said. "People need to stop and not take so lightly what is going on in this world and be alert.

With those events happening miles away, we wanted to check things out here at home.

"The first responders here are getting a wake up call. I'm sure many of them are reviewing their trauma protocols and refreshing their memory on the skills they will need something like that if something like that were to happen here," said Jim Gruenberg who has been to mass casualty scenes from Hurricane Katrina to 9/11 and now works at the National Center for Medical Readiness at Calamityville.

He trains people locally on how to help people in dire situations.

"It's easy to get caught up and get distracted with the scene and lose focus on the patients that you are responding to. This kind of realism really adds to the level of training that we provide here," he said.

There are several training events for local officials to prepare for anything from bombs, to explosions.

"It's something that we've done for decades but it's gotten more intense since 9/11 and better funded since 9/11," said Patricia Bernitt of Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association.

She says the biggest concern would be getting injured people spread out through the different hospitals. However GDAHA created this statewide private website called Surgenet. At any given time of a huge casualty officials can access this website to see how many beds are available in any at the hospitals around them. For example there are 67 available beds at Miami Valley Hospital as of Thursday April 18th.

"The hospitals would not have any trouble in caring for patients and either one of the scenarios we saw," said Bernitt. "We alsohave a wealth of knowledge from the Air Force men who've  retired here because of their training and their jobs."

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