UW Health to Participate in July 17 Emergency Response Drill

UW Hospital and Clinics disaster drill: Patients and doctors in the emergency roomMadison, Wisconsin - On Thursday, July 17, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will conduct a full-scale emergency response exercise from approximately 7am to 5pm that will involve the emergency departments at UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital.


The exercise will be held in and around Camp Randall Stadium on the UW campus and will involve emergency personnel and vehicles from the Madison Fire Department, Madison EMS, UW Police Department, FBI and other local emergency response agencies.


The exercise is designed to improve the university's response to emergency or disaster situations. Because the drill will involve a high degree of realism, actors posing as "victims" will appear to be injured.


UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital will participate in the drill as "victims" are sent to the emergency departments of all Madison hospitals for treatment.


There is also the potential that members of the community traveling in the area will see police officers with weapons drawn as part of the exercise. UW Police will have signs posted explaining that the activity is only an exercise, and officers and volunteers will be positioned around the area answering questions.


At times during the exercise, officers will limit movement into the area, but will try not to cause inconvenience for anyone living or working nearby.

Date Published: 07/11/2014

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