Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Emergency Medical Services Authority and hospitals throughout the Oklahoma Homeland Security Regions 6 and 8 undertook an initiative to conduct a 96 hour sustainability exercise designed to assess the capabilities of each hospital to maintain operations when a severe winter storm strikes the region.
During this exercise management and staff worked through a number of scenarios and injects dealing with preparedness activities as the storm approached the region as well as the actions that needed to be taken to remain operational for 96 hours following the storm.
The Norman Forecast Office of the National Weather Service has just issued a Winter Storm Watch for Central Oklahoma. The storm is predicted to move through the region within the next 12 to 36 hours.
As residents throughout the area begin to brace themselves for what is predicted to be a record setting sleet, freezing rain and snowfall the National Weather Service issues a Winter Storm Warning.
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 Trick or Sleet Exercise was conducted on October 16, 2012, at 32 hospitals within hospitals within the State of Oklahoma’s Homeland Security Regions 6 & 8.
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.