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D.C. area hospitals prepare for inauguration surge

Emergency Management Alert, January 20, 2009

Hospitals in the Washington D.C. area are gearing up for a surge of patients that are expected in the coming days because of the exceptionally large inauguration crowd.

Hospitals in Prince William County, VA have been preparing for the last month, with expectations that the local population could double in size. Officials have been meeting on a regular basis to ensure their emergency plan will cover an increase in population and traffic. They are also preparing for the potential of a large man-made disaster such as a bus accident, according to InsideNova.com.

Potomac Hospital in Prince William has adjusted its ordering and supplies, since slowed transportation services could leave facilities without quick access to medical supplies, food, and water. The potential surge of patients also takes into account people who are injured in D.C., but don’t seek treatment until they return to Virginia.

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