of the best ways to maintain disaster skills and ensure top-notch communications
across agencies is through full-scale exercises.
that include public health emergencies could involve setting up a mass dispensing
clinic, which would test a range of skill sets.|
from municipal and private services, volunteer agencies and affiliates have been
immersed in plans for a major drill to take place in the Lowell area on September
23 and 24. The spectrum of participants includes public health, police, fire,
the MRC, the Red Cross, local hospitals, MEMA (Mass Emergency Management Assn.)
and FEMA (Federal EMA), as well as other organizations.
the Upper Merrimack Valley MRC, preparations have included several tabletop drills
and involvement in Local Emergency Planning (LEPC) Committee meetings. Crucial
skill sets include knowledge of Incident Command and NIMS: the National Incident
Management System. Various training sessions for members are in the planning stages.
in May 2004 required decontamination, initial triage and treatment, and transport
of victims in a mass-casualty scenario. |
it could diminish the value of the exercises if too many details are revealed
in advance, it is hoped that as many members of the MRC as possible will block
out these dates and plan to participate.