Erie County Healthcare Coalition to Conduct Disaster Preparedness Exercise – Morning Journal

The Erie County Healthcare Coalition will conduct a disaster preparedness exercise with local Erie County healthcare partners to provide real-world training and education.

The exercise, scheduled for Oct. 11, will simulate a major weather emergency that is causing widespread power outages and hazmat issues throughout the county, according to a news release.

Each facility will exercise internal plans as well as inter-agency coordination for functions such as evacuation, according to the release.

The exercise will not interrupt normal operations at participating facilities, according to the statement.

“Our coalition has engaged in these coordinated exercises to be better prepared for a wide variety of scenarios,” Tim Jonovich, director of the Erie County Emergency Management Agency, said in the statement. “Collaborative planning is so vital that our emergency response plans and networks are often interdependent.”

Each facility will participate differently based on individual goals and objectives, according to the release.

Many facilities will use actors for certain components to provide hands-on training to participants and bring realism to the exercise, according to the release.

Firelands Health, the Erie County Emergency Management Agency and the Erie County Health Department are sponsoring the event, according to the release.

Area agencies that will participate in the exercise include Admiral’s Pointe, Commons at Providence, Erie County Detoxification Facility, Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Firelands Health, First Energy, Lynx EMS, the Meadows at Osborn Park, Mill Manor, North Central EMS , the Ohio Veterans’ Home – Sandusky, Parkvue Community, Providence Care Centers, Stein Hospice, and the Sandusky and Perkins Township Fire Departments.