Emergency Response Plan Passes Test

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, July 29, 2005

In May, the county held a massive training exercise at Cal Expo with hundreds of volunteers role-playing as patients exposed to life-threatening chemicals.

Officials have been reviewing the event and Deputy Health Officer Karen Tate says aside from a few small details, their response plan is solid. "We learned a lot of little lessons but the reassurance was that the basic plan was sound. The biggest thing that we found was that the noise levels were quite high and that we really needed to do something to improve our sound amplification so that we could speak with the public."

She says health workers were also inundated with role-players exhibiting symptoms that were not the result of the simulated chemical attack. So they’ll be bolstering their triage unit.

Another mock-bio terror exercise is planned for Yolo County within the next year.