Full Scale Emergency Preparedness Exercise

This exercise will focus on the medical surge capabilities of Allegiance Health and the decision-making process used to identify the need for an Alternate Care Site.

In its ongoing efforts to ensure emergency response preparedness for the Jackson area, Allegiance Health, in cooperation with Jackson County Emergency Management, Jackson County Health Department and Spring Arbor University, will conduct a full scale exercise on Tuesday, May 22, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The scenario for this drill involves an Influenza Pandemic. The influx of patients created by the pandemic necessitates the activation of an Alternate Care Site. For the purposes of this exercise, the field house on the campus of Spring Arbor University will be used to care for patients with influenza. Allegiance staff will be involved at both the hospital and at the Alternate Care Site during the exercise. 

This exercise will focus on the medical surge capabilities of Allegiance Health and the decision-making process used to identify the need for an Alternate Care Site, as well as request activation and the actual establishment of the site. The exercise will assist in determining the level of preparedness and planning, identifying both strengths and opportunities for improvement in the emergency plans and procedures.

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