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Joint drill helps prepare Linn County community agencies for actual emergency

November 6, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

CEDAR RAPIDS- As part of a joint effort to meet emergency response standards and prepare for potential emergent situations in the future, a number of area first responders along with the two Cedar Rapids hospitals and other local agencies are partnering this week to conduct a mock disaster DRILL. The drill takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center on the Mercy Medical Center campus, 701 10th St. SE. The drill is being conducted after normal business hours at the Cancer Center when patients are not being seen.

The drill will help test the community's joint response in the case of an active shooter/gunman in a public building. It will also give local medical providers at Mercy Medical Center and Unity Point HealthSt. Luke's Hospital a chance to respond to a crisis scenario involving a surge of critical patients. Student actors will play the role of injured patients.

The drill will be monitored by multiple safety controllers and no Mercy or St. Luke's patients or visitors will be directly involved. Advance notification has been given to Mercy staff and patients in case they see or hear any of the activities related to this mock scenario.

Area law enforcement, fire, and EMS agencies will have an obvious presence on and around the Mercy campus as the drill is being conducted



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