South Peninsula Hospital will be the site of an emergency disaster preparedness drill on March 19, 20 and 21 in Homer. The scenario will be a disaster which causes increased patient surge and a damaged facility. The three-day event will exercise the hospital’s emergency management plan, evacuation plan, and employee/community readiness. The exercise will include a mass casualty, mass fatality, partial evacuation, and the creation of an alternate care site.
The hospital will be open for normal business operations during the drill, however patients and visitors might expect to see tents and equipment in the parking lot, mock patients being mobilized in the hallway or parking lot, unusual overhead pages and increased traffic flow around the area. Bartlett Street will be closed north of Fairview for anything other than local traffic.
Volunteers will be used as mock patients, patient’s families, affected neighbors, inquiring media and inquiring public. Volunteer shifts range from four to 12 hours and include orientation and refreshments. To volunteer, please contact Derotha Ferraro at South Peninsula Hospital at
with your name, available days (March 20, 21) and full or half day availability. You will be contacted with additional information.
Numerous agencies will be involved, including but not limited to South Peninsula Hospital, City of Homer Fire and Police Departments, SVT Health Clinic, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Central Peninsula Hospital, Alaska Respond, Alaska Army National Guard, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, State of Alaska Public Health, and more. The exercise is being coordinated by South Peninsula Hospital and AKDHSS Hospital Preparedness Program/Emergency Operations.