Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s – Region 2 Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition undertook an initiative to design, conduct and evaluate an exercise entitled “Commanding Communications – A Public Information and Warning Functional Exercise”.
This exercise served as an opportunity for the coalition’s public health agencies along with their local community partners to collaborate on providing public information and warning to area residents using several types of mass notification systems and Social Media.
During this exercise public health staff and management along with representatives from local community partners worked together to determine how best to use current mass notification systems and Social Media to notify local residents of public health emergencies.
The exercise was comprised of four scenario vignettes. The objective of the exercise was for participants:
- To determine the kind of information that should be disseminated to the public.
- To determine how best to disseminate the information (CodeRED, Nixle, Twitter, Facebook, etc.).
- To coordinate with other municipalities to ensure that the message is consistent throughout the region.
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) / West Nile Virus
- Extreme Heat
- Severe Flu Season / Vaccinations
- Foodborne Illness
The Commanding Communications Functional Exercise was held on June 4, 2015, at locations throughout the region.
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.