More than 100 volunteers, hospital employees and local emergency responders
will take part in a mock disaster drill on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Lake
Huron Medical Center. The drill will test the preparedness and response
of local, regional and state agencies should a real crisis occur.
The event staged by Lake Huron Medical Center’s Trauma Services,
Betty Falecki, will focus on response plans for an actual disaster which
would trigger a sudden surge of patients, media, concerned community members
and the “worried well” to the hospital.
The full-scale mass-casualty drill is being conducted in collaboration
with multiple partner agencies including Lake Huron Medical Center, Port
Huron Police and Fire Departments, Tri Hospital EMS, and St. Clair County
Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
“The goal of this exercise is to enhance working relationships and
collaboration between the agencies and organizations involved,”
Falecki said. “It’s a mock exercise, but it’s also a
very real test of our ability to respond to an actual disaster. We appreciate
the cooperation of everyone involved.”
The scenario for the practice event is a simulated active shooter, who
has targeted administration. Organizers caution the event is a significant
exercise and the local community can expect to see emergency responders
at Lake Huron Medical Center looking and acting as if it were a true disaster.
Normal hospital Emergency Department operations and patient care will
not be affected by the drill in any way.
While hospitals are required by the Joint Commission to have disaster response
plans in place and conduct periodic drills for improvement and training
purposes, Lake Huron Medical Center takes the healthcare safety of the
community very seriously and is devoted to providing the highest quality
care available in the Blue Water Area.