Tyler Prepared for Terrorism, National Disaster

A few hundred emergency responders from East Texas and the Southwest United States were in Tyler today.

Trauma doctors, nurses, and first responders learned how to prepare in case of a terrorist attack or natural disaster.

It was part of ETMC's 4th annual "Hot Trauma Topics" conference.

Guest speaker Jeff Dyar, National Registered Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (NREMTP) and firefighter, was involved in the rescue efforts after the Oklahoma City bombing and 9-11 attacks. Dyar told us the most important message he wanted to tell local first responders.

"Many local folks think that there will be a large federal response that comes and saves the community," he said. "And that is not the case. In fact, it's really up to the community to hold its own for 24, 48, 72 hours. At that point, then they can expect some help."

Dyar says he believes Tyler's emergency responders are in good shape to handle a national disaster or terrorism.

Julie Tam, reporting.