Center No Longer Shelter for Expectant Mothers
By Lt Col Michael Bashford
81st Surgical Operations Squadron Filed
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - In the past,
with high risk problems or close to the end of their pregnancies were
provided the opportunity to shelter in the hospital on Keesler AFB during
Due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina,
the hospital is no longer available as a hurricane shelter and will be
closed in the event of a hurricane. All personnel will be evacuated and
there will be no services available.
are encouraged to place their own safety first when planning for the
hurricane season this year. If you are pregnant, you should consider the
- Make early evacuation arrangements at a
safe haven near a medical facility where care can be obtained if
needed. Call TRICARE at 800-700-8603 if your safe location is not near
a military facility that does obstetrics. TRICARE can help you chose a
provider at your safe haven location prior to needing care. Also, make
arrangements about how to contact the provider should you begin labor or
develop an emergency.
- At all times, if an emergency
occurs/labor begins, go to the nearest ER with a copy of your OB Medical
Record. Please call TRICARE within 24 hours of your visit
- Obtain a copy of your obstetrical
medical record and hand carry it with you.
- Have an emergency bag packed with items
you may want or need for yourself, family, and the new baby in the event
of delivery while away.
- Have a good understanding of your
Tricare coverage prior to leaving the area. If you have questions or
need clarification, you may call our local Tricare office at
800-444-5445 for assistance.