Emergency Preparedness Drill

December 8, 2017

Maria Parham Health in coordination with Vance County Emergency Operations will be conducting an Emergency Preparedness Drill at Maria Parham Health on December 8, 2017 from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm EST.

The Emergency Preparedness Drill is a joint training exercise that will test the preparedness and response of local, regional and state agencies should a real crisis occur. More than 100 volunteers, hospital employees and local emergency responders will take part in this mock emergency preparedness drill. The drill will begin at 9:00 am, however set up and preparations will begin as early as 6:00 am.

The event staged by Maria Parham Health Emergency Preparedness Team will focus on response plans for an actual disaster, which could trigger a sudden influx 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 the Henderson Police Department, Vance County Sherriff’s Office, Henderson-Vance County Emergency Operations, Vance County Emergency Services, City of Henderson Fire Department, Duke Healthcare Coalition and Maria Parham Health. The scenario for the practice event is a simulated active shooter on hospital grounds. Organizers caution that the event is a significant exercise and the local community can expect to see emergency responders at Maria Parham Health 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.

Hospitals are required by The Joint Commission to have disaster response plans in place and conduct periodic drills for improvement and training purposes.

For more information, contact McKinley Perkinson, Director of Marketing at (252) 436-1402 or (919) 939-1793.