Are We Ready For A Disaster? Local Officials Do Some Training
Thursday morning NorthCrest Medical Center, Springfield Police Department, Springfield Fire and Rescue, Robertson County EMS, and Robertson County Emergency Management were all participating in a Regional Hospital Fall Exercise.
The Regional Hospital Fall Exercise is designed to establish a learning environment for players to exercise emergency response plans, policies, and procedures as they relate to Severe Weather and CHEMPACK movement. CHEMPACK is a national program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CHEMPACK is a first responder asset that provides antidotes for individuals exposed to intentional nerve agent attacks and large-scale organophosphate (pesticide) poisonings.
NorthCrest will work with this design to exercise emergency plans as they pertain to Severe Weather and Emergency Evacuation. To construct an effective exercise, local response agencies have taken part in the planning process and will be involved in the conduct and evaluation.
The exercise play started on a Regional level at 8:30 with a weather briefing and a situation update for each participating venue. There was a HTRS alert sent out at approximately 8:45. A HAMS radio check roll call took place at 9:00. NorthCrest began exercise play at 10:00.
The goal of the Severe Weather Exercise for NorthCrest is to comprehensively exercise and evaluate procedures and capabilities for Severe Weather and Evacuation. When the exercise is complete, data collected by evaluators, and players will be used to identify strengths and areas for improvement in the context of exercise objectives.
Jim Ball reporting
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