Loma Linda University medical team takes part in domestic preparedness training

Loma Linda University medical team takes part in domestic preparedness training | Courtesy of Loma Linda University Health
A team of five individuals from the Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) took part in domestic preparedness training at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), they announced on Thursday.

The training course consisted of multiple exercises, training and scenarios that allowed participants to explore the proper management of an emergency event. On the last day of the training participants took part in a simulation of a terrorist attack on a public transit station near a stadium with a full-scale sporting event.

“Loma Linda University Medical Center still has risks and we need to prepare for the inevitable,” Emergency Management Specialist for LLUMC Georgann Smith said. “I want to be able to equip the hospital with the critical knowledge about various hazards and ways to overcome them as a team. The Center for Domestic Preparedness and its staff gave us the best tools to bring materials and best practices back to Loma Linda.”

Smith was accompanied by Dr. Leah Walters and registered nurses Karen Greeley and Shawn Reynolds in the Health Care Leadership for All-Hazards incidents class. James Parnell, a registered nurse within the LLUMC emergency department, took part in a separate Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents.

The participants stated that the training was realistic and that it better informed their operation in the emergency room alongside what to do if a massive emergency event occurs.

The CDP regularly trains emergency response providers at all levels of government, international and private organizations.