UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton recently participated in a statewide preparedness drill aimed at testing the process for requesting, delivering and receiving medical supplies in the event of a public health emergency. Conducted by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DHMH) Office of Preparedness and Response, the exercise brought together nearly 100 participating groups, including local health departments, hospitals, law enforcement, state agencies and facilities, and federal agencies.
“This exercise was conducted with our partners throughout the state to enhance our response efforts to protect public health during emergency situations,” says Dr. Laura Herrera, Deputy Secretary of Public Health Services, who played the role of the DHMH Secretary during the exercise.
DHMH sponsors and participates in a variety of drills and exercises throughout the year in order to test various emergency response measures. In addition to hospitals, participants included the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, the Maryland Board of Pharmacy, the Maryland National Guard, Department of General Services Maryland Capitol Police, the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and MTA Police, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Maryland State Police, Department of Natural Resources Police, the State Highway Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Centers for Disease Control.
For more information about the DHMH Office of Preparedness and Response, visit http://preparedness.dhmh.maryland.gov or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarylandOPR.