Reed Arena Readies for Ike Evacuees

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Reed Arena is normally home to the fightin' Aggies. Now, its waiting on Ike evacuees. Since early Wednesday, a rapid deployment team from the Washington D.C. Metro area has been getting Reed ready.

"There's roughly 200 of us here," said Commander Peter Martineau, of the U.S. Public Health Service Commission Corps.

That includes doctors, "many, many nurses, probably 30 to 40 nurses, physical therapists, lab technicians, other support professionals such as IT and administration," said Martineau.

All capable of providing a shelter with a health care focus on special needs evacuees.

"These are the folks who in their own communities are on oxygen, or are diabetic. They may well come to us so we can sustain and maintain their level of health while they're displaced from their homes," said Martineau.

Which means the team brought plenty of supplies for this field medical station.

"Capable of caring for 250 patients for three days without any re-supply," said Martineau.

This joint federal-state plan was being developed when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, and locals took refuge in the Superdome.

"Used for the first time post Katrina. Certainly many lessons learned from that initial go around," said Martineau.

Its unclear if those lessons will be put to use during Ike.

Although it won't be housing the original evacuees from Corpus Christi, officials say they're ready for any special needs evacuees, no matter where the come from.

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