Health departments across the New York State are practicing emergency drills this month to see if they’re ready in the case of a dangerous public health outbreak.
Staff and volunteers are given a scenario and have to demonstrate that they can gather the necessary resources to get an emergency clinic up and running within 72 hours.
They must then act out the process of giving medications and vaccinations to a percentage of the population.
Tuesday, in Schuyler County, 40 “pretend” patients per hour received “pretend” treatment for Hepatitis A at the Human Services Complex.
“This is important to protect the public’s health. In this day and age you just don’t know what’s going to happen around the corner unfortunately and this way we know that staff and volunteers are prepared to do this and get something out to the public if they need it,” Marcia Kasprzyk, Public Health Director of Schuyler County said.
Organizers say the drill helps ready staff and volunteers for very real scenarios like an outbreak of anthrax, pandemic flu, smallpox, or a bio-terrorism even