Local Agencies Participate in State-wide Public Health Exercise May 11-14, and May 18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jackson, WY., – May 8, 2012 – Teton County Public Health, St John’s Medical Center and Teton County School District #1 will be joined by Teton County Emergency Management, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, Teton County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson Police Department to participate in a state-wide exercise that will focus on the distribution of “simulated” emergency medical supplies for the purpose of helping ensure local communities are able to respond in the event of a public health emergency.

Monday, May 14th - The Exercise will begin with the arrival of a National Guard C-130 that will transport simulated emergency medical supplies, under a security escort, from the Jackson Hole Airport to Teton County Public Health office. While many counties in the state are also conducting exercises, Teton County is the only community receiving their shipment by aircraft; in fact this is the first time a National Guard aircraft is being used anywhere in the United States for this purpose.

Friday, May 18th, from 9-11:00 am, Teton County Public Health will conduct a Point of Dispensing Exercise, working with Teton County School District staff, St. John’s Family Health and Urgent Care facilities and staff and community volunteers, many of whom will be simulating victims of the incident.
“Exercising the planning, logistics and coordination of requesting and receiving emergency medical supplies through non-conventional means is crucial for our local agencies to prepare for a real event. It gives us the opportunity to adjust and add to our emergency plans based on our experience during the exercise. We have very unique geographical and jurisdictional situations in our County that require special considerations and coordination between multiple agencies most areas do not have to contend with; all the more need for us to exercise our response,” said Tammy Marshall, Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator and lead exercise planner.

While no road closures or other impacts to the community are expected, residents should expect to see more than usual emergency vehicle activity throughout the community. St. John’s Family Health and Urgent Care will remain open to serve all patients in need throughout the exercise.

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MEDIA RELEASE
Contact: Charlotte Reynolds
Phone: 307-732-5786
Email address: creynolds@tetonwyo.org

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