Pontotoc County Emergency Management will host an exercise Thursday morning designed to test the readiness of medical personnel to respond to a mass-casualty event from a tornado in the community.
“The exercise will be held in combination with Mercy EMS, Mercy Hospital, Chickasaw Nation EMS, Ada Fire Department, Chickasaw Nation Medical Center and the East Central University senior nursing class,” said Chad Letellier, Pontotoc County Emergency Management director. “The ECU nursing class will get hands-on training in disaster nursing that will include triage, treatment and transport operations as well as hospital emergency department operations during a disaster event.”
The full-scale exercise will begin at about 8:15 a.m. at Mercy Hospital EMS Station 1 at Mercy Hospital in Ada. Letellier said the exercise will conclude by 11:30 a.m., but it may end sooner.
Letellier said there will be many people who signed up to be “injured” patients. Patients will be triaged and taken to emergency rooms at both Mercy Hospital and Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, where they will be treated.
There will be emergency vehicles at the scene, and lights and sirens may be activated.
Patients will be assigned cards — called triage tags — which indicate what type of injuries they have and what condition they are in.