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POSTED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 8:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 9:18am

Officials at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center launched their emergency plans to help keep up care during the frosty temperatures and wintry mix coming to the Capital City area.

"Our typical emergency standard is we use a national emergency standard," Terrie Sterling, Chief Operating Officer of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, said.

Officials at OLOL set up an incident command center where they monitor the weather and make sure their staff what to expect.

"Monday our leaders were then asked to outfit there teams of those who would be on site and those who would be on response to get those folks in to cover the hospital," Sterling explained.

Around 2500 doctors, nurses, and staff will ride out the cold weather at OLOL Regional Medical Center. The employees work in rotating shifts.

"We want them to be able to get rest we don't want them to be exhausted when they are taking car of patients. There is someone actually there who is standing behind you at the point that your shift ends," Sterling said.

Doctors are prepared if someone gets hurt trying to go out in the wintry conditions.

"Our greatest concern is that people have a weather related injury such as a slip and a fall or motor vehicle accident," Dr. Jim Rhorer, Medical Director of Emergency Service at OLOL Regional Medical Center, said.

They say when the roads begin to close they start to see fewer patients, but when things begin to thaw that's when people will look for help.

"People are going to wait a little bit longer to seek medical care until things appear to be safer on the road," Dr. Rhorer said. "So, we know with that pause we are going to have a subsequent increase in volume."

For a list of what OLOL facilities are open click here.

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