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December 07, 2012

BLU-MED Medical Facilities Deployed in Response to Superstorm Sandy

Following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, BLU-MED deployable medical facilities were immediately put into action by Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services. Throughout the month of November, local residents near the John F. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank, New York, were served by the centers.

With the capacity to provide healthcare to approximately 60 patients, the shelter system includes field hospital beds and medical reserve volunteers staffed the facility. Providing 1,500 square feet of floor space after a quick assembly, the facility is a combination of two BLU-MED RapidSurge packages, which can be delivered by pickup truck.

Powered by diesel generators, the fabric buildings included complete electrical systems, lighting and heating. In the facility, follow-on 'Northeaster" storms were no threat to continuing operations since the shelter system is designed to withstand 100 mph winds and 20 pounds per square foot of snow.

BLU-MED Response Systems provides mobile field hospitals portable shelter-based solutions for disaster medical surge facilities, alternate command centers, temporary housing and base camp requirements.

A full range of medical equipment packages and configuration options are offered by the company.

Vendor managed inventory options, field deployment, and training and exercise services are included in the BLU-MED support services. In order to meet a variety of state and local public safety and public health response requirements, BLU-MED facilities can be sized and customized. Medical surge wards, patient treatment, decontamination, immunization/drug distribution, negative pressure isolation, and field laboratory units are included in the modular options.

BLU-MED Response Systems is a division of Alaska Structures, Inc. In order to outfit the disaster-response medical facility with essential medical equipment and supplies – such as x-ray equipment, ward beds, intensive care beds and more – BLU-MED offers customized packages.

Its team represents more than 80 years of collective involvement in developing, organizing and deploying similar mobile shelter solutions with the U.S. military.

Edited by Braden Becker

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