Exercise Benefits / Facts
This exercise served as an opportunity for the management and staff that make up the Incident Command Teams of four Sacred Heart Hospitals in Alabama and Florida to work through scenario information and injects dealing with the preparedness activities associated with an approaching hurricane and the actions that will need to be taken to remain operational for 96 hours following the storm.
It is mid-August and local residents have been complacent in their hurricane preparedness activities because this year’s hurricane season has only produced several tropical storms and a few minor hurricanes, none of which have made landfall. Families are making their last minute vacation plans for the up-coming Labor Day Weekend while local business owners and government agencies are thinking that the hurricane season could be very inconsequential. However weather forecasters are predicting a major change in the atmosphere that could see a sharp increase in the severity of hurricanes within the next few weeks.
By late August area residents, business owners and government officials begin to follow the projected path of another tropical storm.
The Hurricane Doc Tabletop Exercise was held in the afternoon of July 21, 2016, at four hospitals in Alabama and Florida.
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.