Planes carrying injured storm victims could arrive in Oklahoma

Posted at 6:45 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 20:00:51-04

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma first responders who didn’t deploy to Texas are waiting in Oklahoma City for any inured flood victims to be flown in.

At the Will Rogers World Airport, medical response teams converted a hangar into a triage unit.

In the event the OKC federal coordinating center is activated, teams of paramedics and first responders would help off load patients from military aircraft.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is helping coordinate the regional medical response effort.

“Once we get patients we’ll know how many beds are in each hospital and then EMSA can help take them to those area hospitals,’ said Stacy Rine with the Veteran Administration in Oklahoma City.

The most critically injured would be taken directly to one of 14 regional hospitals.

”We’re just ready to take on the challenge of what Harvey is going to throw at us,” said Heather Yazdanipour, a regional response coordinator.

If those teams of doctors, nurses and paramedics get notified about incoming patients, they have two hours to mobilize.

This is a developing story, 2 Works For You will keep you updated if the center in OKC activates.

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