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Statewide Medical and Health Exercise (Hospital Drill)

Date: 11/21/19 Start: 8:00 AM End: 1:30 PM Location: Varies, see sign-ups
MAC Credit (What's this?): No

This is the annual Statewide Medical and Health Exercise (aka the annual Hospital Drill).

Exercise Scenario:  This year, the scenario is a flood.  More info will be available closer to the event.

Participants:  SCCo hospitals, allied health organizations (skilled nursing facilities and clinics), and a variety of partner agencies, including law, fire, EMS, Red Cross and SCCo ARES/RACES/ACS. 

Our Mission:  Although the exercise scenario is primarily focused on the medical issues associated with a flood, the ability to communicate is clearly critical to being able to mount a response.  The conditions that cause flooding (storms) can also cause a loss of communications (lightning strikes to towers, loss of power, etc.) Loss of communications related to the disaster or simply due to equipment failure or human error would hamper abilities to response to the medical problems.  So, ARES/RACES will be part of the exercise.  We will exercise the communications path between the MHJOC and the various hospital operations centers in both directions.

Schedule:  The functional exercise will take place on Thursday, November 21th.  The following schedule is preliminary, based on previous years' schedules.  Check back occasionally for any changes.

  • 08:00 - Check in at Hospital Command Center; set up station
  • 08:00-09:00 - Varies by hospital; At some point during this hour there will be a participant briefing by the Hospital IC; amateur radio station should be set up and ready to go for both voice and packet messaging by 09:00
  • 09:00 - Exercise play begins; check into nets (voice, pkt)
  • 12:00 - Exercise play ends; check out of nets (voice, pkt)
  • 12:00 - Hot wash
  • 13:30 - Adjourn; Check out

Sign-ups:  Are currently disabled.  They will be enabled closer to the event.

Only sign up for a Hospital location if you have the appropriate credentials to access that facility.  Consult with the Hospital Net coordinator before signing up at the MHJOC. 

For San Jose hospital particpants, signing up for any one hospital does not necessarily obligate being at that particular location since San Jose RACES manages participation in Hospital Net as a pool.

The following positions are available for this event. You can state your preference when you sign up for the event. The event coordinator will attempt to accommodate your request. Based on the event and its requirements, the event coordinator may move hams to positions other than those requested.

Click on a position title for a description of the specific requirements for that position

SCCo MHJOC Voice Net Control1
SCCo MHJOC Packet Operator1
SCCo MHJOC Shift Supervisor1
El Camino Hospital - Los Gatos3
El Camino Hospital - Mountain View3
Kaiser Hospital - San Jose3
Kaiser Hospital - Santa Clara3
O'Connor Hospital - San Jose3
Palo Alto Veterans Hospital - Palo Alto3
Regional Medical Center - San Jose3
Saint Louise Regional Hospital - Gilroy3
Santa Clara Valley Med. Ctr. - San Jose3
Stanford University - Palo Alto1
Exercise Controller/Evaluator1
Good Samaritan Hospital - San Jose3
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