The community is invited to tour one of the state’s four new emergency response tents from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 4. The tents will be set up in the parking lot south and east of Kane County Hospital’s emergency department entrance.

The State of Utah has acquired four 25-bed tents for use during disasters and emergencies. The tents are manufactured and furnished by BLU-MED Response Systems, a division of Alaska Structures, Inc.

One of the tents will be stored at Dixie Regional Medical Center for use in the southwestern part of the state. One is stored at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City, another in Tremonton and one is kept at Allen Memorial in Grand County.

BLU-MED Response Systems provide portable shelter solutions that can be used in emergency or disaster situations. They provide stable areas for triage, isolation, treatment (including surgeries), immunization, and decontamination.

A BLU-MED tent can serve as an emergency room, operating room, intensive-care unit, burn unit, or mobile field hospital. Non-medical uses might include deploying as an alternate command center, temporary housing, or use as a mortuary in a large-scale disaster.

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