Use and Deployment
DRASH™ has supported response efforts following disaster and emergency situations across the United States and around the globe. Below are a few recent missions:
On June 16, 2010, DRASH™ manufacturer DHS Technologies LLC announced it would be donating a shelter to Chile's O'Higgins Region to support rebuild efforts following an earthquake that struck the country earlier in the year. The annoucement came just months after several U.S. military units brought SICPS TMSS Systems and other DRASH™ shelters and support equipment to support relief efforts in Haiti following the massive earthquake that devastated the country on January 12, 2010.
Similiarly, NYC Medics, a not-for-profit organization of volunteer physicians and paramedics, brought three DRASH™ 6XB shelters to Northern Pakistan to use as hospital facilities in the wake of the 2005 South Asian Earthquake.
Hurricane Relief Efforts:
DRASH™ systems supported hurricane relief efforts in the Gulf States following Hurricanes Katrina (September 2005), Dolly (July 2008) and Gustav (October 2008). During the latter storm, displaced residents were housed in a large J Shelter (1,250 square feet), while a DRASH Mobile Hygiene System allowed at least 300 aid personnel to clean up each day. New Orleans’ Plaquemines Parish also purchased small DRASH™ command post shelters to serve as points of distribution from which water, supplies and aid could be provided to those in need.
Power Plant Explosion in Connecticut
On February 7, 2010, personnel from Middletown’s Office of Emergency Management and the state’s Department of Public Health set up two DRASH™ XB Series Shelters to support search and rescue efforts after an explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown, Connecticut killed five workers and left many more injured. The Connecticut Department of Public Health purchased the DRASH™ shelters in 2005 as part of the Ottilie W. Lundgren Mobile Field Hospital – the first state field hospital in the country.
Flooding in Brazil:
In November 2009, heavy flooding left much of Rio de Janeiro devastated. The state had recently purchased two mobile DRASH™ field hospitals and used them as medical clinics, complete with power and air conditioning. Doctors and nurses used the facilities to treat people for heat stroke, dehydration, cuts and sprains, and to administer hundreds of vaccinations. The systems helped medical personnel treat nearly 10,000 people over the course of a week.
The Brazilian Army also set up one of the DRASH™ field hospitals after heavy flooding once again hit the country in June the following year.
Drive-Thru H1N1 Vaccination Clinic
DRASH shelters were used as drive-thru H1N1 vaccination clinics by the Madison County Health Department in November 2009. Workers collected and processed forms inside a DRASH™ C Shelter. At the next station, nurses administered vaccinations from a DRASH™ 3XB Shelter. Madison County made the decision to hold the mobile vaccination clinic in order to prevent the spread of the virus, stating that this method would keep people separated so as not to infect others while still ensuring they could receive the vaccine.
DRASH™ drive-thru vaccination clinics have also been used to treat patients during past flu seasons. In 2008, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Champaign, Illinois set up a DRASH™ M Shelter to administer vaccinations against seasonal influenza.
Hospital Surge Facility
On September 21, 2009, staff at the Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas set up two DRASH™ 5XB Shelters outside of the hospital’s emergency room to serve as triage and treatment centers during this year’s flu season. The shelters, which together offer more than 700 square feet of usable space for triage and treatment, were first purchased by the Seton Family of Hospitals – a healthcare network in Central Texas – the year before. Medical personnel are using the DRASH™ shelters to examine, and, if needed, treat patients showing less severe symptoms.
National Guard units deployed several DRASH™ shelters during a massive wildfire that consumed more than 516,000 acres in San Diego County, California in 2007. The shelters served as headquarter facilities, grievance shelters and security hubs.