Florida's Preparations in the event of having an Ebola patient

Posted at 10:44 PM, Oct 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-24 13:38:16-04

FLORIDA (wtxl) - Governor Rick Scott is thanking the Center for Disease Control after requests for more money and materials to prepare Florida in the event there is an Ebola patient.

Governor Scott announced, today, the Florida National Guard is currently creating two Rapid Response teams that will further enhance Florida’s Ebola preparedness efforts. 

Each National Guard Rapid Response team will consist of 16 members that include doctors, nurses and equipment personnel.

The two teams are undergoing intensive training and will be ready by the end of October to assist healthcare workers, if ever needed to supplement a hospital's existing personnel.

Though there have not been any in the state, Scott says the state will not wait on the federal government and he will continue to make sure health care workers are prepared.

In a statement Scott said, "The Department of Health is currently acquiring more high-level P-P-E's so our healthcare workers on the front lines are protected. Additionally, the personnel at 55 Florida hospitals have completed Ebola preparedness training.”

P-P-E stands for personal protection equipment.