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Local hospitals are prepared in the event of a disaster

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM/AP) -

Natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy can put hospitals to the test. The disaster caused life-threatening problems at two major hospitals.

Bellevue Hospital Center was forced to shut down yesterday after fuel pumps for backup generators failed. During the height of the storm, patients were evacuated from New York University's Lagone Medical Center.

Hospital officials in Mid-Michigan are keeping a close eye on the news and how it relates to their own disaster plans.

David Steele is a nursing coordinator at McLaren Bay Region. He helps coordinates some of the emergency planning for the hospital.

"We always look at the blizzard scenario for us, Michigan and our lovely weather. We're probably more prone to something like that where we can't get people in or out of or get to the hospital. We may lose power," said Steele.

Steele said the hospital tests backup generators once a month. Hospitals are also required to do two drills a year, but officials with McLaren Bay Region said they usually do more than two.

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