With the recent cases of swine flu, Brunswick County is preparing for the worst. Brunswick County Emergency Services is making home visits to nearly 200 special needs patients to assess their ability to evacuate and find shelter in an emergency. Their goal is to survey the layout of the patients' homes, and determine the fastest and safest way to get them out. Crews are paying special attention to patients who are dependant on equipment like oxygen, and find it harder to maneuver on their own. "Finding out exactly what their medical problems are, finding out exactly what their needs are, during a disaster, I think it puts a face with Brunswick County emergency services,” said EMS Director Brian Watts. This special needs program is part of a nationwide effort to assess the communities’ responses to an emergency, but Brunswick County is one of the only counties that makes preliminary house calls.
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