Article Out Loud - Finding Beds in the Middle of a Disaster

An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 23, 2012.

In 2012, an EF5 tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, destroying 8,000 buildings, killing 160 citizens, and injuring almost a thousand. Here is the heroic story of how medical professionals and emergency responders in the area – with the help of local volunteers – used community-based planning to save lives, limit physical damage, and transfer hospital patients and the “walking wounded” to alternate healthcare facilities. 

Narrated by Randy Vivian.

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Beth McAteer

Beth McAteer is the Public Health Program Director for Witt Associates, a public safety and crisis management consulting firm. She joined Witt Associates in 2010 with more than 15 years’ experience in the healthcare field in various positions – including a tour of duty at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, where she served as Emergency Medical Services Program Manager for the Commonwealth’s Clinical Education and Preparedness program. She also coordinated the response and deployment of Pennsylvania’s EMS Strike Teams in support of two federally declared disasters through the Emergency Management Assistance Compacts to Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, and spearheaded the effort to design and implement an enterprise-wide information technology solution to support patient/evacuee tracking for emergency medical services and hospital personnel throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.



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