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For Release: May 26, 2011 – Larry Weatherford, Office of Communications – 405/271-5601

State Department of Health Deploys Mobile Health Trailers to Support Storm Recovery Efforts

Four Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) mobile health trailers are assisting in the recovery from Tuesday’s tornadoes. Trailers have been sent to El Reno, Piedmont and Cashion and are being moved periodically to serve the needs of communities affected by this week’s storms.  Staffed by medical personnel from the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps, tetanus shots and basic first aid will be available from 9 am to 4 pm today. Tetanus shots are recommended for anyone who hasn’t had a tetanus booster within the last 10 years.

State health officials continue to urge caution as persons pick through storm debris. “Our response is designed to prevent injuries from the recovery efforts,” said Scott Sproat, chief of the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Division.  “Natural disasters are bad enough without adding unnecessary accidental injuries.  Everyone helping clean up should wear proper clothing, heavy boots and gloves.”

Thus far about 238 storm-related injuries have been reported, with nine fatalities.

For more storm recovery information, visit the Coping After The Storm section of the OSDH website at www.health.ok.gov.

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