Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Utah Department of Health undertook an initiative to facilitate a PIO tabletop exercise.
This PIO exercise provided an opportunity for PIOs to coordinate Joint Information System / Joint Information Center elements during a plane crash mass casualty / mass fatality event in the region.
During this exercise, Public Information Officers (PIOs) worked together as a unified team to meet the challenges associated with communicating to the public, media, and victims’ families regarding a plane crash in the community.
A Royal Airlines plane carrying 70 passengers and a crew of four is directed by air traffic control to perform an emergency landing at Moab’s Airport, Canyonland Field, after the pilot reports engine trouble en route from Grand Junction, CO to Las Vegas, NV.
As the plane approached runway 03/21 from the southwest, the landing gear failed to engage and crashed resulting in 35 fatalities and 39 people injured.
The Moab ACE Exercise was conducted on June 7, 2013, in Moab Utah.
This exercise is an example of the kind of exercises that comprise the nationwide Caduceus Shield Exercise Initiative. This initiative provides meaningful exercise opportunities for America’s health system.