September 12th, 2011
As part of National Preparedness Month, New London Hospital's Emergency Response Team, in collaboration with the Town of New London Fire Department and Town of New London Police Department, held a mock evacuation drill of the Clough Extended Care Center on September 12.
"The purpose of this evacuation drill is to ensure that employees and town officials are all knowledgeable with the emergency response preparedness procedures to safely evacuate the residents of the Clough Center," said Pam Drewniak, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for New London Hospital.
The drill was triggered by a non-emergent water lead that required the evacuation of Clough Center residents. Mass casualty protocols were put into effect and the Fire Department alerted, along with the New London Ambulance Service, to assist in the transfer of residents to a safe location. In addition to the Evacuation, a "missing resident" was reported to Incident Command as part of the exercise. This put a "Code Amber" or missing person protocol in place. Hospital staff responded appropriately to the new "incident."
"One of the most important protocols initiated is the way in which we successfully move and track the residents to a second location," said Drewniak. "We must know at all times where every resident is."
The entire team participated in a detailed debriefing of the drill following the incident.