ETMC Helps With Gulf Coast Evacuation

Some East Texas emergency personnel are helping to make preparations for the hurricane. ETMC EMS has responded to a request from the coast. Eight ambulances were readied Tuesday to set off for Beaumont, where they'll pick up nursing home residents.

   Wednesday, before the hurricane reaches the city, those ambulances will return with the evacuees. The hospital also expects up to 30 patients from Beaumont to be evacuated to Tyler. EMS says even though they're sending the ambulances, it won't affect their service in East Texas.

   ETMC Vice President Anthony Myers explained, "We have off-duty personnel and some of the managers who have volunteered to take the vehicles down there tonight and bring the patients back tomorrow." 

   ETMC Rusk also expects evacuees, up to twenty children from fourteen months up to school age. Those kids are burn victims, who'll be brought from the Shriners Hospital in Galveston.

   Also, UT health center is expecting to receive 20 to 25 skilled care patients sometime during Tuesday night. Mother Frances also says they're going to recieve around 20 patients from Orange and Port Arthur.

   Texas has not had an October hurricane since "Jerry" in 1989. That hurricane killed three people in southeast Texas.