Drill...Drill...Drill - VA Black Hills Health Care System
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VA Black Hills Health Care System



Bill Baker as Incident Commander - photo by E. Savage

Bill Baker, Incident Commander, monitors both facilities from the Hot Springs Incident Command Center using tele-communications to work with the Ft. Meade response team.

By E.Savage
Thursday, June 30, 2011

What if….a series of severe storms swept thru western South Dakota, and tornadoes struck Fort Meade and Hot Springs VA Medical Centers within minutes of each other?

While that’s not a likely scenario,  Veterans Affairs Black Hills Health Care System (VABHHCS) wanted to be sure, and recently conducted an emergency preparedness drill for just such an event.

Several employees served as "casualties" with a wide range of mock injuries to put Urgent Care at both campuses to the test and Incident Command Centers went into action at both sites.

The exercise helps VABHHCS identify its strengths and weaknesses in a variety of emergency situations that could create an influx of a large number of casualties. As a result, we are better prepared to serve Veterans, and the community at large in the event of an actual wide spread disaster.


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