VISUAL: Photo opportunity of Arcadia High School drama students, Red Cross volunteers, and Methodist Hospital volunteers acting as patients affected by the plague.
WHAT: The statewide medical and health disaster exercise is an annual event that tests and evaluates hospitals, clinics, EMS and local public health departments on their ability to deal with catastrophic events. Every year a new scenario is developed that encourages hospitals and health care providers to interact with local law enforcement, local emergency management and community partners.
This year’s scenario was selected to address the emerging threat of outbreaks of infectious diseases after the events of September 11. The exercise will include a biological event with Yersinia pestis (or plague). The objective is to exercise the response of health care providers and governmental agencies to manage the influx of large numbers of ill and infectious patients.
WHO: Exercise planners and supporters of this exercise include the California Department of Public Health, the California Hospital Association, hospitals, community clinics, local EMS agencies and local public health departments.
WHEN: Thursday, October 25 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
WHERE: Methodist Hospital, 300 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia
BACKGROUND: This year is California’s ninth year of conducting statewide medical and health disaster exercises. The purpose behind the exercises is to better prepare health care organizations for disasters. Participation in the exercise meets some requirements set forth by The Joint Commission and by federal and state grants.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Azer, (626) 898-8076