Drills to help employees prepare for emergencies
Michigan Medicine has designated the month of April for emergency preparedness exercises.
Each year, all departments, units, clinics and off-site buildings are required to conduct a mini 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 Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS).
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.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Drills: Drills are required by all departments, units, clinics and off-site buildings in the month of April. This year’s drill will focus on evacuation routes and equipment scenarios. Managers are asked to select one of evacuation scenarios contained in the following mini drill tools:
- Mini drill tool: Managers should review the mini drill tool. The mini drill tool outlines the material the manager will need to review in order to be prepared to provide staff training and to conduct a mini drill scenario.
- Disaster critique form: Once you have finished your exercise, be sure to report your drill by completing the disaster critique form to assess strengths and areas for improvement.
All mini-drills and disaster critique forms should be completed during the month of April with a final date no later than June 30.
Research has shown that thoughtful planning along with practice can make all the difference in the event of a real-world emergency. While the hope is to never have to respond to an actual large-scale disaster, Michigan Medicine owes it to the community to be ready to do so.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.