Category Archives: Drill

UM Shore Regional Health Conducts Successful Disaster Drill

On Thursday, September 19, UM Shore Regional Health staff participated in a drill to test our ability to respond to a disaster situation. This state required drill, which featured a scenario involving possible terrorist activity and bio-hazardous materials, included community partners including local law enforcement and emergency management.  Volunteer “patients” were transported from the accident scene, located near Easton High School and transported to UM Shore Medical Center at Easton where the drill simulated treatment and “decontamination” of patients from the accident scene.

Several outside observers provided feedback on the drill and the UM Shore Regional Health team was commended for their efforts! Congratulations to everyone who participated in the drill for a job well done!

UM Shore Medical Centers Join Other MD Hospitals in State Preparedness Drill

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.

UM Shore Regional Health to Conduct Drill on September 19

On Thursday, September 19, UM Shore Regional Health will participate in a drill to test its ability to respond to a disaster situation. This drill was postponed from its original July 18 date due to excessive heat. This state required drill will take place with community partners including local law enforcement and emergency management.  

 UM Shore Regional Health staff at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and Dorchester as well as UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, will respond when the drill begins at approximately 7:00 pm. on Thursday, September 19. Team members who need to participate in the drill will be notified and told where they should report. Services at all UM Shore Regional Health facilities will continue without interruption.

“During the drill, we will test our ability to respond to a disaster and measure how well we respond to this kind of incident,” says Gary Poole, Director Support Services. “This drill will help us identify how we communicate with our community partners and how we can improve that communication for future community needs.”

Volunteers ages 16-64 are still needed for the drill to serve as actors for the disaster scenario. Light refreshments will be served and time served is eligible for student service learning hours.

 The drill begins at 7:00 p.m. and concludes by 11:00 p.m.

For more information about the drill or to volunteer, contact Gary Poole, ext. 5619, gpoole@shorehealth.org.