Disaster Drill Will Test and Train Emergency Responders

October 2010

More than 100 volunteers, hospital employees and local emergency responders will take part in a mock disaster drill on Friday, October 15th at Milford Hospital.   The drill will test the preparedness and response of local, regional and state agencies should a real crisis occur.

The event staged by Milford Hospital Emergency Preparedness Coordinator,  Alan Lynn, 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 Milford Health, Police and Fire Departments, the CT Department of Public Health, the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security,  Joseph A. Foran High School and other Connecticut Region 2 Health Departments and hospitals.
The scenario for the practice event is a simulated rail car crash with an unconfirmed allegation of terrorist responsibility.   Organizers caution that the event is a significant exercise and the local community can expect to see emergency responders at Milford Hospital looking and acting as if it were a true disaster.   Normal hospital Emergency Department operations and patient care will not be affected by the drill in any way.

Hospitals are required by the Joint Commission to have disaster response plans in place and conduct periodic drills for improvement and training purposes.   “The goal of this exercise is to enhance working relationships and collaboration between the agencies and organizations involved”  Lynn said.  “It’s a mock exercise, but it’s also a very real test of our ability to respond to an actual disaster.  We appreciate the cooperation of everyone involved.”