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News & EventsAugust 2018

August 8, 2018 | Posted by Community Relations

A multi-agency disaster exercise is scheduled to take place on Friday, August 17 at the White Hall Nursing and Rehab. There will be 8 agencies participating in the exercise which is set to begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until approximately 11:00 a.m. Boyd Hospital, Greene County Health Department and White Hall Nursing and Rehab have several objectives for the drill.
The exercise will test Boyd Hospital on how quickly they’re able to set up their triage treatment areas, how quickly they can contact off duty staff to help with additional patient load, and how well they can communicate using the STARCOM radio with all of the involved agencies. Boyd uses a system called SIREN to contact staff in an emergency. SIREN is a secure web-based persistent messaging and alerting system that leverages email, phone, text pagers and other messaging formats to provide 24/7/365 notification, alerting, and flow of critical information. This system provides rapid communication, alerting and confirmation between state and local agencies, public and private partners, target disciplines and authorized individuals in support of state and local emergency preparedness and response.
Greene County Health Department objectives include their ability to check on residents in the affected area, test their ability to contact off-duty staff (thru SIREN) for extra assistance and to see how well they will be able to communicate with Boyd and Police Departments thru STARCOM radio.
White Hall Nursing and Rahab objectives for the drill are to test their ability to safely and quickly evacuate their residents and staff from the facility and to test their ability to quickly notify off duty staff that they are needed for assistance with the evacuation process.
Boyd Hospital, Greene County Health Department and White Hall Nursing and Rehab are required to annually participate in a Community Wide Drill. This drill will help each facility to identify hazards and vulnerabilities within the corporate limits of Greene County and provides coordination to effectively prepare for, respond to and recover from all natural and man-made emergencies and disasters regardless of size, or complexity. These agencies will take appropriate action in accordance with established Emergency Operational Plans to mitigate any harm to the citizens or property in Greene County.