Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Northwest Kansas Regional Healthcare Coalition undertook an initiative to facilitate an exercise entitled “Harmful Haze – A Healthcare Coalition Exercise”.
The exercise was designed to assess the capabilities of the region’s hospitals and health departments along with their supporting emergency response partner agencies to work through scenario information and injects dealing with a response to a hazardous materials incident.
It is a warm spring day in April with low humidity and mild breeze out of the west. At 4:30PM a tanker tractor-trailer carrying hazardous materials is cut off by a mini-van driven by a distracted teenager, who was carrying his three younger siblings.
The tractor-trailer hit the mini-van and swerved into a ditch, tipping on its side and spilling its contents.
An Exercise Briefing video was produced to ensure that teams and individual team members were ready to successfully partake in the exercise. This video provided valuable information regarding preparing for and participating in the exercise.
Access and view the Exercise Briefing.
The Harmful Haze Exercise was conducted on April 18, 2013, at 17 hospitals located throughout Northwest Kansas.
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.