Coming next week: Mass casualty exercise

April 19, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Michigan Medicine has designated the month of April for Emergency Preparedness Exercises.

As such, a mass-casualty training exercise for the entire Michigan Medicine campus is set to take place on Tuesday, April 25.

Here’s what you need to know:


Each year, all departments, clinics and offsite buildings are required to conduct a drill to test their readiness to respond in the event of a disaster or emergency situation. Such training exercises help the organization meet requirements of the Joint Commission and Center for Medicaid Services.

More importantly, regular emergency preparedness training ensures that all team members understand their roles and responsibilities in the event of a disaster or crisis. In short, proper preparation can help save lives.


Tuesday, April 25 between approximately 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.


The main exercise will take place in both the children’s and adult emergency services departments. Patient care will not be disrupted. Vacant exam rooms and extra staff will be used for exercise purposes.

Department roles:

Departments that respond to mass casualty incidents should follow department-specific emergency operations plans.

All other departments should implement their emergency “fan out” call sheets and then operate business as usual. As with all real-world and training exercises, these departments should also remain on standby in case they are called upon for assistance.

Be sure to mark your calendar for this important event. Talk to your supervisor to better understand your role during exercise and real-world mass casualty operations.