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This exercise will serve as an opportunity for public health agencies to assess their ability to establish, manage and demobilize an Alternative Medical Care Site in response to a hospital surge due to Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) striking the region.
During this exercise staff and management will work together as a unified team; to meet the challenges associated the mobilization, operation and demobilization of an Alternate Medical Care Site.
Caduceus Shield Exercise Initiative
The Overwhelming Onslaught – A Hospital Surge Functional Exercise is part of the national Caduceus Shield Exercise Initiative.
In early June an outbreak of unusually severe respiratory illness was identified in a small village in southern China. At least 25 cases occurred affecting all age groups; 20 patients required hospitalization, five of whom have died. Surveillance in surrounding areas was increased resulting in new cases being identified throughout the province. Viral cultures collected from several of the initial patients were positive for a type of pneumonia.
Samples of the virus are sent to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further characterization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determines that the samples are the virus associated with previous outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Your agency or organization can participate in this exercise for $600.
For information about participating in this exercise please complete an Information Request Form. Upon completing the form you will be contacted and provided with additional information.
|Exercise Date||Exercise Time||Scenario||Exercise
|Location / Participation *|
|Individual participant registration CLOSES at 12:00PM ET on the day prior to the exercise||Tweet|
|Call 850-241-3565 to schedule this exercise||9:00AM – 4:00PM ET
|SARS Outbreak||Registration will open once the exercise is scheduled||From a conference room or similar location via the ONX System as part of your organization’s Incident Management Team|
* Everyone who will be participating in the exercise must register for the following reasons: