Hospitals prepare for dangers of spring

Emergency Management Alert, March 9, 2010

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has warned residents about the high potential for flooding this time of year, with melting snow and an increase in rain bringing concern, reports the News Tribune.

The News Tribune also reports that the Illinois Valley Community Hospital (IVCH) in Peru is among the local facilities is also preparing for tornados. Using weather spotters who alert officials, IVCH employs a two-phase procedure in which administrators and nursing supervisors are alerted to storms and, if needed, patients are wheeled to safe spots.

Missouri is holding a statewide tornado drill March 9, in part to commemorate the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Awareness week, according to the Carthage Press. Experts agree that spring begins the severe weather season, such as thunderstorms and tornados for all Midwestern states. The drill involves cities, schools, and emergency services. Sirens will sound at 1:30 p.m. local time.

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