Posted: Feb 24, 2021, 5:44 PM
One group of critically in-need patients received their necessary treatment even during the height of last week’s historic winter storm thanks to special transportation arrangements provided by the Bossier Council on Aging.
Bossier’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (BOHSEP) took steps under its emergency operations plans that call for utilizing alternate transportation sources, with a focus on how to get dialysis patients to treatments in such hazardous conditions.
With authorization from the Bossier Parish Police Jury and city of Bossier City, the Bossier Emergency Operations Center requested immediate authority from the State Emergency Operations Center to request that the Council on Aging provide disaster transportation patient transportation.
Within hours, the Bossier COA had plans in place and drivers with vehicles ready.
Organizing the effort were Executive Director Tamara M. Crane; Assistant Executive Director Carletta Johnson; Assistant Transportation Director Harold Artison, and driver Leona Liggett who drove over 200 miles transporting clients to and from dialysis.
Photo: Driver Leona Liggett with her special transportation unit used to move dialysis patients.