The official start of Spring Break is right around the corner and area first responders want residents and tourists alike to know that they are ready.
They also have some words of advice.
Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital's Trauma Director Dr. Osbert Blow is no stranger to treating trauma patients, and he's also no stranger to Spring Breaks. This year's will be his 12th Spring Break living in Corpus Christi.
"Typically Spring Break is the beginning of trauma season, and especially for a town like this, where we have a lot of people to come into vacation and seek to have a little recreation," Blow said. "You know, with water activities and traffic in general, the heat."
Blow said his team at Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital are prepped and ready for anything that may come through their emergency room doors, but a big concern for them is young people mixing alcohol and drugs.
"A lot of what we also see, you know, a lot of young people who look forward to having this opportunity to drink, and we see alcohol intoxication. We see sun poisoning, heat stroke," Blow said. "So those are the kinds of things that we see a lot of."
There are the usual mishaps at the beach, but none more traumatic than drownings and traffic accidents caused by people who have overindulged.
"We know what the hazards are, you know," said Cpt. James Brown of the Corpus Christi Fire Department.
When it comes to first responders, they are also good to go.
"We'll be taking part in a unified command post that P.D. We'll be establishing out on the Island, so we'll have an additional battalion chief there monitoring that," Brown said. "We'll be putting an additional medic unit, an additional squad unit, out on the Island to help with anything that may occur. Already plans in place if we have to activate the EOC. That plan is already in place."
First responders have even identified landing zones in case HALO-Flight has to be used to transport a patient.
Also, speeding, aggressive and distracted driving, as well as DWIs, are going to be closely monitored by the Corpus Christi Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
With the new stealth cars now in full operation, drivers have been given fair warning.
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