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Published on August 11, 2021

Annie Penn Hospital Held Emergency Preparedness Drill 

COVID-19 means a mass casualty exercise without the mass casualties.   

Preparing for emergencies can't take a break--even during a pandemic. That is why Annie Penn Hospital staff worked with first responders in Reidsville and Rockingham county in an emergency preparedness drill today. Staff in decon area  

The drill tested the hospital’s response to a mass casualty incident during times of high stress. Police and fire department personal joined hospital workers in practicing decontamination procedures near the hospital’s emergency department.  

“Annie Penn Hospital has to be ready to serve its community—even during a pandemic,” says Raul Gomez, emergency preparedness specialist, Cone Health Emergency Management. “Teamwork and relationships are vital during real-world emergencies. Face-to-face training builds that.”  

None-the-less, Cone Health Emergency Management took several steps to keep participants safe during the exercise. The training was carried out with an eye on wearing masks and keeping distance between participants. The ‘victims” in the drill were inflatable manikins instead of traditional volunteers. A live stream was set up allowing observers to maintain distance and avoid cramped situations.