Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s – Region 2 Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition undertook an initiative to design, conduct and evaluate an exercise entitled “Recovery Readiness – A Public Health Tabletop Exercise”.
This exercise served as an opportunity for the coalition’s public health agencies along with their local community partners to collaborate in meeting the health care needs of victims while re-establishing community health systems following a hurricane.
During this exercise public health staff and management along with representatives from local community partners worked together as a unified team to meet the challenges associated with meeting the community’s health care needs in the aftermath of a significant hurricane.
It is late July 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 very minor hurricanes, none of which have made landfall. Families are making their last minute plans for their summer vacations 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 early August residents, business owners and government officials begin to follow the projected path of another tropical storm. Soon the storm strengthens into Hurricane Hanna 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.
The Recovery Readiness Tabletop Exercise was held in the morning of June 23, 2014, in Worcester Massachusetts.
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.