Exercise Benefits / Facts
The North Dakota Department of Health undertook an initiative to conduct a winter storm sustainability exercise designed to provide hospitals and long-term care facilities with the opportunity to assess current plans while gaining additional knowledge as to how to maintain operations during a severe winter storm.
This exercise served as an opportunity for the management and staff that make up individual hospitals and long-term care facilities to work through scenario information and injects dealing with the numerous challenges associated with remaining operational during a prolonged winter storm.
Both the Bismarck and Grand Forks Office of the National Weather Service have just issued a Winter Storm Watch for all of North Dakota. A severe winter storm is predicted to move through the state within the next 12 to 36 hours.
As residents throughout the state 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 Seasonal Stamina Exercise was conducted on February 11, 2014, at hospitals and long-term care facilities throughout North Dakota.
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.