Santa Clara area hospitals gearing up for Super Bowl fans this weekend, according to an article on the San Jose Mercury News website.
As the game traditionally brings at least 20 percent more E.R. traffic, emergency room staffs are setting up incident command centers all week inside their hospitals.
At the centers, medical and safety personnel will coordinate their response to any mass casualties in the unlikely event of any disaster, including a terrorist attack.
Dr. David Ghilarducci, director of emergency medicine at O'Connor Hospital, believes the region's hospitals have done their best to prepare for the worst.
"Any disaster in a particular area will overwhelm the locally available resources — demand will always outstrip supply. But disaster planning is about having the ability to respond quickly, mobilize forces and target them appropriately. I think we have a robust set of resources available to us to do that."