Large Disaster Exercise Held Today in Central Ohio


Large Disaster Exercise Held Today in Central Ohio

Contact: Michele Day (Franklin County Public Health) – 614-525-4930

There is a large-scale disaster drill in Central Ohio today with more than 500 volunteer “victims,” so don’t be surprised to see a flurry of activity at area hospitals. The exercise is designed to help Central Ohio hospitals and first responders be better prepared to handle a large-scale, mass casualty event.

With three venues and 500 “victims” in full makeup, organizers are concerned that the public may think there is a real life event.

This is important work our hospitals and first responders are undertaking. It is equally important that the public understands that this is only an exercise, NOT a real-life event” said Jodi Keller, Associate Director of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness at the Central Ohio Trauma System. “Do not be surprised to see increased activity at MAPFRE Stadium, John Glenn International Airport, Otterbein University or any of the Central Ohio hospitals.  Hundreds of volunteer victims will be in full makeup, so don’t be fooled. This is only a drill!”

Police, EMS, Fire and hospital personnel throughout Central Ohio will be participating in one of the largest disaster drills in the area. The exercise is organized by the Central Ohio Trauma System or COTS, which has been coordinating disaster preparedness for the region’s hospitals and other health care systems since 2002.

COTS is an affiliate of the Columbus Medical Association. COTS serves stakeholders in 20 Central Ohio counties and is a significant force around issues of trauma, emergency services, and emergency preparedness. The Central Ohio Trauma System is the organization where patient care issues affecting more than one stakeholder group can be brought and addressed in a neutral forum.

More information about Emergency Management can be found here



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