Inauguration forces hospitals to stock up

Emergency Management Alert, January 13, 2009

Although the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama likely won’t be classified as a natural disaster, Washington D.C. hospitals are gearing up for January 20, when millions of people are expected to descend upon the city.

Local hospital officials admit they aren’t sure what to expect, but they are taking precautions such as assigning more staff members and stocking up on extra supplies, according to MSNBC.

But hospital administrators are concerned that traffic will hamper the commute for healthcare workers. The bridge across the Potomac River will be closed, making it difficult for employees who live in Virginia to commute into the city. Hospital officials at Washington Hospital Center say 900 of its employees live in Virginia, and have asked for special access so workers can drive in easily.

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