Preparing East Texas Against Mass Contamination

ETMC in Tyler is now equipped to handle mass contamination in case of a chemical or biological event. It's thanks to a $52,000 tent that's actually a decontamination shelter. The pre-plumbing system inside rinses off hazardous material with antibacterial soap and water. Victims are then taken to the hospital for treatment once they're clean. "With this unit we can go from decontaminating 8 to 10 people per hour with our old unit to about 30 to 45 people per hour with this unit, " says Kenneth Webb, ETMC Hazmat Coordinator. ER nurses at ETMC and other emergency officials are being trained on the decontamination process.

Christine Nelson reporting.