Regional Maryland Hospital Workshop to Develop Foundation for Potential Evacuation Situation

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The exercise and training team at the Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) is working with hospitals within Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties to discuss response to hospital-wide evacuations – a situation that involves individual hospital staff as well coordinating agencies such as  local and state EMS of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), local health departments and emergency management agencies, and the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).  The day-long session, being held August 6 at the Maritime Institute, is sponsored by MIEMSS Region III Health and Medical Task force and DHMH Operations, Preparedness and Response.

Opening presentations by subject matter experts who have helped coordinate and plan for urgent hospital evacuations in Houston, Texas and Northern Virginia will give participants a first-hand account of what to expect and plan for during large-scale hospital evacuations.  Following a panel discussion of inter-agency roles and responsibilities, over 100 representatives from regional hospitals, medical facilities, emergency response units, law enforcement agencies and health departments will also participate in a facilitated discussion of a mock evacuation.

Developed by CHHS exercise and training professionals in conjunction with our public health experts, the workshop’s scenario surrounds an evacuation of Johns Hopkins Hospital in downtown Baltimore.  Chosen for their size, location and diverse patient needs, an evacuation of Hopkins would present various challenges that test regional coordination, response potential, and help participants develop appropriate procedures for hospitals of all sizes.

The Center for Health and Homeland Security routinely works with hospitals and public health organizations to exercise emergency response capabilities, as well as develop and evaluate policies and procedures – all of which are essential to building preparedness plans that work.  By bringing together key stakeholders, this workshop will build a foundation of relationships and identify roles for an actual mass evacuation prompted by natural or man-made disasters.

 

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