As emergency responders, we know seconds count when disaster strikes. Today, communities are making great strides in preparing for the unexpected – severe weather events, transportation accidents or a mass casualty event.

That’s why pre-positioned resources increase response time and can decrease further injuries and mostly importantly save lives.

“This resource has the potential for huge community benefit,” Anita Guffey, director, Emergency Management, Carle Foundation Hospital and State of Illinois Region 6 Coordinator said. “This is already is use at regional events like Mahomet Street Fest. If it’s already on site at large scale gatherings, it’s a huge leg up for first responders or laypersons with some basic First Aid training in getting help to people fast.”

Thanks to federal grant funding for 2019 the region has more robust resources for large scale events like University of Illinois football games, area music festivals and the Christie Clinic Marathon.

Coalition partners in Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, Gibson City, and Robinson house the trailers. Reserve a trailer for your event by contacting Ryan Clutts (217) 326-4581 or ryan.clutts@carle.com.

The 4 foot by 8 foot trailers are equipped to treat up to 200 people, including children, in an emergency. They include tools for basic life support, trauma and bleeding control kits in easily identifiable containers for easy access.

“These are plug and play and available to anyone in the community hosting larger events who are seeking to be better prepared for the unexpected,” Ryan Clutts, Carle Emergency Management specialist said. “The agencies housing these resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to transport them but encourage planning ahead when possible.”