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Healthcare Guardian Tabletop Exercise

Exercise Overview

Exercise Benefits / Facts

The New Jersey South Region Healthcare Coalition undertook an initiative to conduct an active shooter exercise designed to provide hospitals, long-term care facilities, community health centers, home healthcare agencies and other ESF # 8 healthcare providers with the opportunity to assess current plans while gaining additional knowledge as to how to response to and recover from such an incident.

This exercise served as an opportunity for the management and staff that make up the region’s healthcare providers to work through scenario information and injects dealing with the numerous challenges associated with responding to and managing the consequences of a shooting incident.

Exercise Scenarios


It is late Friday afternoon in the emergency department with the hospital’s staff busily helping individuals needing medical attention.

Suddenly shots ring out and the voice of an angry man can be heard shouting “Where is Dr Thomas? He is responsible for the death of my wife and he is going to pay!”

The gun shoots continue to be heard as the shooter moves from room to room looking for Dr Thomas.

Long-Term Care Facilities, Community Health Centers, Home Healthcare Agencies and others

It’s been an extremely challenging time at your workplace and the entire workforce has been under significant stress.

The workplace has recently experienced a number of layoffs.

It is late Friday afternoon when a recently terminated employee walks into the building armed with several guns and begins shooting employees and bystanders.

Active Shooter Incident – Preparedness Materials

Access materials on how to prepare for an Active Shooter Incident.

Exercise Conclusion

The Healthcare Guardian Exercise was conducted on May 28, 2014, at locations throughout southern New Jersey.

Caduceus Shield Exercise Initiative
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.