Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Upper Cumberland Healthcare Coalition undertook an effort to develop, conduct and evaluate an exercise entitled “Tennessee Twister – A Tornado Response Tabletop Exercise”.
This exercise served as an opportunity for the healthcare coalition’s members to work through scenario information and injects dealing a series of tornadoes striking the area.
During the exercise participants assessed their individual organization’s protective action capabilities and initial response and coordination actions.
It is the middle of May and the severe weather moving through the area prompts the National Weather Service to issue a Tornado Watch for the region.
At 6:02PM, meteorologists at the National Weather Service notice what appears to be the formation of a tornado on their Doppler weather radar. They immediately issue a Tornado Warning.
Over the next 30 minutes, numerous Tornado Warnings are issued throughout the area.
The Tennessee Twister Tabletop Exercise was facilitated on May 20, 2015, at location throughout the counties covered by Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland Healthcare Coalition.
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.