NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Two dozen emergency medical ambulances and buses departed North Charleston for Myrtle Beach Monday, in response to the mandatory evacuation of patients at hospitals and healthcare facility partners in advance of Hurricane Florence.
The vehicles departed from MedTrust’s Emergency Operations Center at the Doubletree Hotel on International Boulevard in North Charleston.
MedTrust provides ambulance services in the Lowcountry and Pee Dee regions.
MedTrust has opened its Emergency Operations Center (EOC), from which it will coordinate evacuations and medical transports. Staff is communicating with its local hospitals and other healthcare facility partners, to determine how many patients need assistance, in what fashion, and how best to transport them in a timely manner between now and the arrival of the storm.
Along with more than 80 ground vehicles, including ambulances, wheelchair vans and buses, MedTrust is ready to bring in 10 aircraft to support its efforts.
In addition to the vehicles and staff usually deployed in the state, MedTrust is calling in resources from other states, including New Jersey, Indiana, Georgia and Texas.