Mitchell County Hospital Hosting Active Shooter Drill October 24

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Mitchell County Hospital Hosting Active Shooter Drill October 24

 Monday, October 14, 2013

On Thursday, October 24, Mitchell County Hospital will hold an “active shooter” drill, during which hospital staff will simulate a response to an overhead announcement of Code Silver.

Code Silver is Archbold’s newly identified, non-clinical emergency code used to alert staff and visitors of an active shooter, anyone engaged in trying to kill others with any type of weapon, on the hospital campus.

“It’s extremely important that our staff knows how to respond in real emergency situations and during a crisis or disaster that could affect the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and employees,” said Chuck Winchester, Archbold’s emergency management coordinator. 

Archbold facilities frequently hold drills to remind staff how to respond to internal emergencies or disasters such as fire, extreme weather and infant or child abduction. In addition, Archbold routinely partners with local law enforcement and first responders to simulate external events such as chemical spills and mass casualty events that, in real life, would result in enacting the activation of a county-wide emergency management plan.

“It’s very important that we evaluate our policies and test our procedures to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and community,” said MCH emergency management coordinator and emergency department manager Robin Hayes, RN.

“Our team is working with local law enforcement and city and county officials in preparation for the upcoming Code Silver exercise,” said Hayes. “We’ve developed a joint plan that we’ll implement during the exercise to test the policies and procedures we’ve discussed and put in place for this type event.”

The drill will take place in the hospital’s administration area and community room. The scenario will involve a staged visitor becoming hostile, escalating to the point of simulated gun shots being fired. Law enforcement and first responders including  Mitchell EMS, Mitchell County EMA, the Camilla Fire Department, the Camilla Police Department and the Mitchell County Sherriff Department will respond to the hospitals call to E-911, arriving on the scene to assess and control the simulated situation. Baconton Charter School students will serve as simulated victims.

“We want to stress to the community that this is only a drill,” said Winchester. “Mitchell County Hospital and local law enforcement will be in full control of the simulation.”

For more information on the upcoming Code Silver drill at Mitchell County Hospital, please call Robin Hayes, 229-336-4653.