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DRASH Keeps Marathon Runners On Track
Date:3/21/2010

considered several shelter systems, they chose the nearly 1,700 square foot DRASH facility after learning of its flexible and mobile design.

“We spent a lot of time researching the different shelters out there, but we ultimately decided that DRASH best fit what we needed. The shelters are portable, easy to set up, flexible and durable,” says Woodward. “If these things are able to withstand conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan, we are sure they can handle anything we throw at them.”

With help from DRASH Representative Ken Hall, Kaiser Permanente successfully deployed their new surge facility for the first time during last month’s marathon in Pasadena. Personnel used the system, which featured low and high acuity areas, an administrative center and check-in point, to treat runners for injuries sustained during the 26.2 mile race.

Officials at Kaiser Permanente plan to continue to use their DRASH surge facility for events across southern California. Woodward says that sporting events, such as the Pasadena Marathon, will provide personnel with the training they’ll need should they ever have to respond to a real-life disaster.

“We plan on treating every event as a disaster training exercise for our staff. Each time we set these shelters up we’re going to evaluate what we can do better to ensure that, should a disaster ever occur, we’re ready,” he says.

The DRASH medical surge facility will be set up at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles T
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