Exercise Benefits / Facts
Washington State’s Region 2 Healthcare Preparedness Network undertook an initiative to conduct an exercise entitled “Operation Muddy Waters”.
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 region’s response to an earthquake followed by severe flooding.
During the exercise the following capabilities will be assessed.
- Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Management
- Emergency Public Information and Warning
- Critical Resource Logistics and Distribution
- Epidemiological Surveillance and Investigation
Heavy rain has begun to saturate the region in the days following a 6.1 magnitude earthquake occurring along the Seattle Fault.
As various agencies and organizations continue to respond to meet the needs of area residents due to the earthquake, rivers begin to overflow their banks due to the prolonged heavy rain.
As the flood conditions worsen emergency management agencies and health care organizations throughout the region are faced with the serious challenge of responding to two separate disasters simultaneously.
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 Operation Muddy Waters Exercise was held on the morning of April 19, 2013, 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.