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17 patients were evacuated from Beaufort Memorial Hospital to AnMed Health by EMS workers in a caravan of ambulances. (Source: AnMed Health) 17 patients were evacuated from Beaufort Memorial Hospital to AnMed Health by EMS workers in a caravan of ambulances. (Source: AnMed Health)
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17 patients were evacuated from Beaufort Memorial Hospital to AnMed Health by EMS workers in a caravan of ambulances. (Source: AnMed Health) 17 patients were evacuated from Beaufort Memorial Hospital to AnMed Health by EMS workers in a caravan of ambulances. (Source: AnMed Health)
17 patients were evacuated from Beaufort Memorial Hospital to AnMed Health by EMS workers in a caravan of ambulances. (Source: AnMed Health) 17 patients were evacuated from Beaufort Memorial Hospital to AnMed Health by EMS workers in a caravan of ambulances. (Source: AnMed Health)
SOUTH CAROLINA (FOX Carolina) -

The Upstate is home to many heroes putting their lives on the line to keep people safe as Hurricane Matthew makes its deadly march up the South Carolina Coast.

Anderson's very own Swift Water team is at the coast, ready to assist in relief and rescue efforts.

Anderson EMS workers have reportedly transported 17 patients from Beaufort Memorial Hospital to AnMed Health using "a caravan of ambulances" Friday morning. Nine staff members accompanied them as well, and the group arrived around 9 a.m.

AnMed officials said Beaufort Memorial Hospital closed its emergency room and evacuated 70 patients starting Thursday after being warned by state officials that the hospital could lose power as a result of storm damage.

Andmed Health officials said plans were already put in place to accommodate both nurses and family members who would arrive. On Thursday evening, officials said AnMed Health's Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) was activated. HICS assembles key hospital personnel to handle unusual events and emergencies.

15 Anderson County Upstate firefighters also left this morning for Williamsburg to lend a hand to other first responders during the storm.

At this time, Anderson Emergency Management is working to set up a Command Post and Tech Services system to be on stand-by, providing emergency tech support if needed.

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