Yesterday we evacuated to Utica, Mississippi. Six hour drive with 90 staff in 9 minivans, 2 sedans and one chase truck with all our luggage. At this point the storm is heading right where we were – good move on our part. Highly unlikely we will be returning to Lafayette within the next few days. We will most likely be returning to Minnesota on Monday/Tuesday, with our replacements coming down when appropriate and able.
Just some other background, I was on a similar team that went up to Fort Ripley the week before all this started. We established a clinic able to receive the 3,000 – 5,000 Hurricane Survivors that were scheduled to arrive in Minnesota, but never did.
You may have seen the coverage of Governor Pawlenty touring the facility when we were setting it up. It turned out to be a great operation that involved St. Cloud Hospital, Mn Dept. of Health, HCMC, Children’s Hospital, Abbott Northwestern, Mayo, etc.