May 16-21, 2011
Place: Meridian, Mississippi & Volk Field, Wisconsin
Who: FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, and Minnesota National Guard CERFPs and HRFs
Scenario: The exercise simulated a seismic event along the New Madrid Fault Line that spawned a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. A large swath of the nation’s midsection – eight states in total – faced a humanitarian crisis involving thousands of injured civilians. In addition, several other scenarios in other states occurred, including a tornado striking a chemical plant and university at Volk Field, Wisconsin.
Goals: National Guard objectives included performing hot zone triage, maintaining full patient accountability, decontaminating 225 ambulatory and 75 non-ambulatory per hour, and maintaining real time information and status updates.
GERs Role: During this exercise, a total of 1,111 patients were entered by National Guard units into the HC Standard® system between May 16 and 19, 2011. All of the patient triage and tracking information that was collected into the HC Standard® system in Mississippi and Wisconsin was sent in the National Data Exchange format to the federal agencies monitoring the exercise progress in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and at the notional Family Reunification Center that was established in Louisiana as part of the OASIS TEP exercise.
As the exercise progressed, log in credentials for HC Standard® were issued to participating National Guard leadership so they were able to view live video, maps and patient tracking information from both state locations in near real-time (one minute delay) from their offices in Washington, DC.