Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Florida Department of Health undertook an effort to develop, facilitate and evaluate a disaster exercise entitled “Hurricane Med – A Healthcare Provider Tabletop Exercise”.
This exercise served as an opportunity for each of the state’s health care providers to assess their ability to remain operational in the aftermath of a hurricane. The primary purpose of the exercise was to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each provider’s Continuity of Operations Plan.
It is mid-July and local citizens have been complacent in their hurricane preparedness activities because this year’s hurricane season has not even seen its first Tropical Storm. Families are making their last minute plans for their summer vacations while local business owners 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 number and severity of hurricanes within the next few weeks.
By late July local residents, business owners and community leaders begin to follow the projected path of the season’s first Tropical Storm. Soon the storm strengthens into Hurricane Med as it continues its forward movement. The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor the storm via satellite and Hurricane Hunter planes as it continues to intensify.
Hurricane Med has stayed true to the course that has been predicted by the National Hurricane Center and has grown into a mid-sized category two storm.
During the previous 24 hours the forward movement of Hurricane Med has increased and the National Hurricane Center has now posted a Hurricane Watch along the coastline indicating that the storm should be making landfall within the next 24 to 36 hours.
Seven Hurricane Med Tabletop Exercises were conducted across the State of Florida during October 2010.
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.