Keesler Medics Prepare For The Worst

The setting is Morgan City, Louisiana, where a series of destructive tornadoes have torn the area apart.

Local utilities are down, water bourne diseases are rampant, and residents are fighting for their lives.

"We learn many techniques and capabilities that we're used to using worldwide, but in these days when we're also responsible for homeland defense, it's important to be able to translate those capabilities to effective action at home," said professor Col. Joe Contiguglia.

That's why these medics are learning hands-on disaster response training.

This severe weather scenario, which was acted out Wednesday afternoon, includes several aspects emergency relief workers faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

But these medics are not only having to deal with treating illnesses and injuries.

They're also having to overcome language barriers.

Since this is supposed to be based in Louisiana, they're having to deal with the Cajun culture and language. they're also having to deal with the panicked behavior of family members and friends.

"It's not just the injurees per se' or victims of diseases or sicknesses such as cholera, but there's also the mental aspect of it and that's what my role is gonna be. I'm gonna bring that aspect into it and how you would have to handle that with your medically ill people," said Capt. Pamala Brown-Grayson.

And so, after this three hour exercise, which has included every possibility imaginable, these medics will be better prepared to take on any disaster at home or abroad.

The medical unit readiness training is a requirement for medics to ensure they can perform wartime and homeland defense duties.