Fort Riley Prepares for the Worst

FORT RILEY, Kan. — Irwin Army Community Hospital prepared for disaster and emergency situations in a “mass casualty” exercise in September.

The hospital’s simulation included a mix of trauma and casualties from nuclear, chemical, biological and explosive scenarios.

IACH Public Affairs Officer Nikia Simon said this was a chance for workers to practice roles and procedures carried out in a crisis.

“This is an opportunity for us to demonstrate and rehearse our commitment to taking care of our own in the event of an emergency or disaster situation,” Simon said.

The intensive hands-on exercise included support from municipal and county agencies, as well as the state of Kansas’ preparedness services. It was one of two mass casualty exercises IACH does each year.