Exercise Benefits / Facts
This exercise served as an opportunity for the staff and management of hospitals, clinics, emergency management agencies, health departments and tribes in Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap Counties to work through scenario information and injects dealing with the evacuation of hospitals following an earthquake.
Residents throughout the region begin to feel the ground roll and shake. Initial seismic reports indicate that a 6.3 magnitude earthquake has occurred along the Seattle Fault.
- Situation Assessment Identify processes for accounting for patients, staff, and visitors at facilities. Discuss process for conducting damage assessments at facilities to determine whether relocation is necessary.
- Incident Command Review plans and triggers for activating incident command. Implement activation procedures and notify partners of activation. Identify key response priorities. Review triggers for deactivation of incident command.
- Resource Coordination Discuss processes for ensuring access to key resources, including staff, for response activities or ongoing operations.
- Communications Review available communications systems that can be used in emergency response. Test communications systems. Ensure that contact lists are accessible. Discuss internal and external notification procedures.
- Medical Surge Assess resources available to handle an influx of patients at your facilities (hospitals / clinics) or to act as potential first aid stations in your facilities (public health agencies).
- Medical Evacuation Discuss plans for medical evacuation, especially regarding requesting or providing evacuation assistance. Identify steps in packaging patients and communicating evacuating patients to families.
The Operation Acorn Drop Exercise was held on the morning of April 20, 2012, at locations throughout Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap Counties.
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.