Working together, members of an emergency response crew assemble a temporary decontamination tent Nov. 17 that doubles as a services tent for 10 victims in case of an overflow in the hospital. Photos by Mari Erin Roth
Plumas County emergency services agencies and personnel joined in on a statewide practical exercise to prepare for catastrophe on a grand scale.
Command centers were set up Nov. 17 at the County Annex and Plumas District Hospital. During an actual emergency, a command center would be set up at the incident location.
Leann Kennedy, community relations coordinator for PDH, described the 2016 Emergency Disaster Preparedness Drill scenario: “The incident scenario the agencies prepared for is a bus crash on Chandler Road involving students.”
During the drill, emergency personnel were alerted that 10 students would be coming to the hospital. The goal of the exercise is to have a space ready for the victims within 15 to 50 minutes of notification of the incident.
With many new people on staff, this year’s drill did not involve pretend victims as it did last year. Darren Beatty, special projects manager at PDH, kept orientation of organizational processes as the primary focus versus acting out the details of the drill.
“If there is an influx of patients that the hospital would not be able to accommodate, a temporary tent would be set up,” said Kennedy.
The tent would be ready for decontamination in a situation involving hazardous materials or convert to a space that could accommodate 10 additional patients should the hospital become filled to capacity, according to Kennedy.