Hamilton General Hospital will conduct a full scale disaster drill Thursday on the hospital campus.

More than 100 volunteers, hospital employees and local emergency responders will take part in the mock disaster drill, which will test the preparedness and response of local and regional agencies should a real crisis occur.

The event, staged by Hamilton County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator James Thompson, will focus on response plans for an actual disaster that would trigger a sudden influx of patients, media, concerned community members and the “worried well” to the hospital. 

The drill is being conducted in collaboration with multiple partner agencies including the Hamilton Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and dispatch, City of Hamilton, Hamilton County, Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department and Hamilton Healthcare System.

Organizers caution that the event is a significant exercise, and the local community can expect to see emergency responders at HGH looking and acting as if it were a true disaster.

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

“The goal of this exercise is to enhance working relationships and collaboration between the agencies and organizations involved,” Thompson 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.”

Normal hospital emergency department operations and patient care will not be affected by the drill.


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