From the daily archives: "Thursday, February 16, 2017"
Event EMS at Winter X-GamesOn this episode, we are joined by Kyle Nelson ( https://twitter.com/wxkylenelson ) our resident weather expert and ski patrol member, and also BJ Schneider, paramedic, author, and the host of his own podcast the Words Off The Street Podcast. http://wordsoffthestreet.com
Kyle kicks off with a look at the weather report in disaster situations including the recent New Orleans tornado situations the week previous to our recordings. BJ shares some more details of the EMS and other first responder actions in the aftermath of the tornados. Up to forty people were injured in the event but thankfully, no one was killed.
Looking ahead, Kyle looks at the continued wet forecast for the west coast including the Orville, California Dam that is at risk of some failures. Two hundred thousand residents downstream were evacuated until the water levels subside. http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/14/us/california-oroville-dam-spillway-failure/
Moving on, we kick into our look at caring for attendees and athletes at special events like the Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. These games present a series of events and situations that challenges the medical response team for injuries and medical situations for both athletes and spectators.
BJ brings in his experience with the medical management of the New Orleans Mardi Gras crowd. The date for Mardi Gras changes each year with the shifting dates of the Easter holiday. When the event happens earlier in the year, it’s cooler and fewer people attend. When the event happens later, it’s warmer and more people come to the event.

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