How ready is your facility to handle a Paris-style, multi-venue, terrorist attack? This year’s annual Statewide Medical and Health Exercise (SWMHE) did just that. With attacks coming from every angle, hospitals tested the organization’s readiness, plans, policies and procedures internally, and with local, regional and state partners.
This year the 2017 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise will take place on Thursday, November 16, 2017.
The Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Program consists of four phases (Multi-media Training, Organizational Self Assessment, Tabletop Exercise, and Functional Exercise) where each phase helps to build on and prepare for the next phase. The program utilizes the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and aligns with Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)/Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grants.
The Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Program is customizable to fit the needs of any local organization, facility, or jurisdiction. You can change the scenario, exercise date, objectives, or any other details to fit your needs.
You can find more information and the exercise materials on the SWMHE Website.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPHi) and the California Emergency Medical Services Agency have released materials for this year’s statewide medical health exercise, to be held Nov. 19. Using pandemic influenza as the scenario, this year’s exercise will focus on testing objectives designed to improve understanding of response procedures, building collaborative relationships and identifying areas of improvement. Participants may choose the objectives that will challenge and develop their emergency preparedness programs. The exercise materials and additional information are available on the CDPH website at www.californiamedicalhealthexercise.com/index.html.