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Olivet College and local hospitals announce full-scale pandemic influenza drill
May 02, 2012

Olivet College, Eaton Rapids Medical Center and Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital have partnered with District 1 Regional Medical Response Coalition (D1RMRC) and Comprehensive Emergency Management Associates, Inc. (CEMA) to conduct a full-scale pandemic influenza drill, titled District 1 Regional Playbook 3 (D1RE PLAY-3), Thursday, May 10.

The exercise, which also includes participants from Barry-Eaton District Health Department, Eaton County Emergency Management, Olivet Fire Department and Olivet Police Department, is designed to simulate how the community would manage patients and hospital overcrowding in the event of a pandemic influenza outbreak. The purpose of the drill is to evaluate plans and procedures for activating an Alternate Care Site (ACS) at Olivet College, as well as the operations of the site, and communications between the participating facilities and organizations.

“This exercise is about community preparedness, and our hospitals’ and public health response to a catastrophic infectious disease outbreak,” said Don Edwards, D.O., medical director for the coalition.

“D1RE PLAY-3 will test our Modular Emergency Medical System by challenging and evaluating our ability to mobilize systems that support the care of a large number of victims,” added Dan Sibo of CEMA, lead planner for the exercise.

Beginning at 6:30 a.m., Olivet College students and community members acting as “victims” will arrive at Eaton Rapids Medical Center. At 7 a.m., additional student actors will arrive at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital in Charlotte. The participants will then be transported to Olivet College’s Cutler Event Center, which serves as Eaton County’s designated ACS location in the event of a pandemic or emergency. Once participants arrive at Olivet College, a fully equipped ACS, including incident command and treatment areas, security, mobile communications and medical supplies, food service and a functioning generator, will be on hand.

“Olivet College is pleased to partner with the hospitals in Eaton County along with District 1 to be part of such an important training exercise,” said Linda Logan, Ph.D., vice president and dean for student life at Olivet College. “The drill will ensure we are prepared to respond quickly and provide assistance to any type of natural or manmade emergency. Testing our collaborative emergency plan will allow us to discover what works and what areas we need to improve. The safety and security of our students and the surrounding communities are our top priority, and we are excited and proud that our students, faculty, staff and administrative team have volunteered to be a part of this initiative.”

District 1 Regional Medical Coalition has conducted many Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant exercises in the mid-Michigan area. HSEEP is a program in which exercises are designed and evaluated according to a national standard. The resulting exercise materials and lessons learned are then shared with others across the country. This opportunity is made possible by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.


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