Earlier today, representatives from various healthcare facilities, as well as home healthcare providers, from around Madison County, IN, gathered at the Emergency Operations Center to review their emergency and disaster preparedness plans. Thirty-seven attendees participated in a table top exercise to test their preparedness plans and make notations of improvements or additions they need to make to be more prepared in the future. A tabletop exercise is designed to help an organization test a hypothetical situation, such as a natural or man-made disaster, and evaluate the groups ability to cooperate and work together, as well as test their readiness to respond. “It was an exciting group today who asked a lot of questions and shared best practices with peers in the industry” said Todd Harmeson, Deputy Director of Emergency Management.
The event was organized by the Madison County Health Department and facilitated by Tim Thomas. In addition, Angie Miller from Community Hospital Anderson provided information about the Healthcare Coalition group and Tom Ecker, Executive Director for Madison Co. EMA spoke about the our agency and our responsibilities to prepare, plan, mitigate and respond to disasters. This is the second time we have offered this workshop to our healthcare partners in Madison County and we are excited to see how much it grew this time. Each year we make this event available to our health care community throughout Madison County so they can be better prepared to serve their clients as well as fulfilling a requirement on their national accreditation program. In 2019 we will likely provide this training opportunity a third time and we expect our attendance to grow even more. Stay tuned for more training opportunities!