Simultaneous Exercises in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties to Test Coordinated Mass Casualty Response by Maryland Emergency Responders

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WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 2014 – 8am to 3pm

WHAT: This is a full-scale exercise to test the capabilities of the Maryland Emergency Response System following a large-scale disaster resulting in numerous injuries and casualties.  Taking place at two public assembly facilities in the Maryland National Capital Region, the events will also assess the capacity of regional first responders, as well as coordination among emergency management partners.

The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) has worked with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System and regional stakeholders to develop and organize the exercise, and will provide follow-up evaluation. The goal of both exercises, funded through FEMA’s Urban Area Security Initiative, is to ensure that local emergency responders are prepared to take coordinated action to treat and protect the public following a significant mass casualty incident.

WHERE: 
Montgomery County – South Germantown Regional Park
MD SoccerPlex and Discovery Sports Center, 18031 Central Park Circle, Germantown (Boyds) MD
Germantown Indoor Swim Center and Montgomery TennisPlex will remain open, all other facilities closed to the public during this exercise.
 
Prince George’s County – Six Flags America Park
13710 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro MD
The amusement park and parking lot four (4) will be closed to the public during this exercise.
 

PUBLIC NOTICE: The public should take note that the exercise will simulate the movement of emergency vehicles and treatment of mock victims. This exercise will not impact the ability of first responders to respond to real world needs. 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.

WHO: Participants include

State
University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security
Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Maryland Emergency Management Agency
Maryland Soccer Foundation
Maryland State Police
 
Montgomery County
Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission 
Maryland National Capital Park Police
Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service
Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Montgomery County Police Department
Montgomery County Public Health
Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office
South Germantown Recreational Park
 
Prince George’s County
Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation
Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department
Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management
Prince George’s County Police Department
Prince George’s County Health Department
Six Flags America
 
Regional
Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services
LifeStar Ambulance Service, Inc.
Washington Airport Authority

 

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