All Hazards Response to be Tested by Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security – Parallel to Regional Hospital Exercise

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Media Advisory:

WHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013

WHAT: This is a functional exercise to test the county’s ability to respond to an all-hazards incident and coordinate with multiple emergency management partners. The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) has worked with the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security to organize the exercise, and will provide follow-up evaluation.

Hospitals in the region will also be testing their ability to respond to the medical needs of the mock incident. Ten hospitals from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems’ Region V (which includes Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s Counties), will experience a full-scale exercise parallel to the Montgomery County incident.

The goal of both exercises is to ensure that local emergency responders and hospitals are prepared to take coordinated action to protect the public following a disaster.

WHERE: Montgomery County, Maryland. Media is invited to cover the event from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, 9901 Medical Center Drive, in Rockville between 9 – 11am. Please RSVP to media contact above, report to the main lobby entrance.

WHO: Participants include
o University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security
o Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
o Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (includes Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Germantown Emergency Center)
o Calvert Memorial Hospital
o Civista Hospital
o Doctors Community Hospital
o Fort Washington Medical Center
o Holy Cross Hospital
o MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital
o Medstar Montgomery Medical Center
o Suburban Hospital
o Walter Reed Medical Center

PUBLIC NOTICE: The public should take note that the exercise will simulate the movement and treatment of mock victims to area hospitals. This exercise will not impact the ability to be promptly seen at local hospitals, but people should be aware that they could see inflatable patients in large quantities. People should not be alarmed; this is a planned exercise to test the regions capability to respond in the event of an actual man-made or natural disaster.

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