Clark Memorial Health to Host Emergency Preparedness Drill
March 15, 2019
A joint training exercise with local, regional and state agencies
Jeffersonville, Ind. (March 15, 2019) — Clark Memorial Health along with Clark County Sherriff’s Office and other local organizations will be conducting an Emergency Preparedness Drill at the Wellness Center on Clark Memorial Health’s campus on March 16, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. EST.
The Emergency Preparedness Drill is a joint training exercise that will test the preparedness and response of local, regional and state agencies should a real crisis occur. Hospital employees and local emergency responders will take part in a mock emergency preparedness drill on Saturday, March 16 at Clark Memorial Health.
The event lead by Captain Dave Tenney, of the Clark County Sherriff’s Office, will focus on response plans for an actual disaster which would trigger a sudden influx of patients, media, concerned community members and the “worried well” to the hospital.
The full scale mass-casualty drill is being conducted in collaboration with multiple partner agencies including the Indiana State Police, Clarksville Fire Department, New Chapel EMS, Clark Memorial Health and other District 9 organizations. The participants will first go through an extensive training from 8:30 am. – 12:00 p.m. in a classroom-like setting. The afternoon session, beginning at 1:00 p.m., will involve volunteers who will enact a real-life crisis situation. The scenario for the practice event is a simulated active shooter on hospital grounds.
Organizers caution that the event is a significant exercise and the local community can expect to see emergency responders at Clark Memorial Health looking and acting as if it were a true disaster. Normal hospital operations and patient care will not be affected by the drill in any way.
For more information, contact Bridgett Hanlon, Director of Marketing Communications at (812) 283-2103.