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Major Disaster Drill to Test Response to a Terrorist Attack for Maryland Hospitals - 10/14/2011

Major Disaster Drill to Test Response to a Terrorist Attack for Maryland Hospitals

Release Date: October 14, 2011

WHAT: 13 Maryland hospitals will participate in Capital Shield 2012, a D.C.-area full-scale (realistic) exercise to test the region’s ability to respond to a mass casualty terrorist attack. Montgomery, Prince George’s, Calvert, St. Mary’s, and Charles County hospitals as well as Montgomery and Prince George’s County EMS will be testing their response to a terrorist attack.  Suburban Hospital will be testing several cutting edge technologies during the exercise. University of Maryland's Center for Health & Homeland Security (CHHS) will be on site to evaluate medical surge response and coordinate media.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: *Starting point: Montgomery Co. Fire Rescue Training Academy 9710 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville, MD 20784. This will provide the best visuals of first responders working on mock victims and their transport to hospitals.

*Reporters and photographers will have opportunity to then travel to Suburban and Holy Cross hospitals to get pictures/video of patient arrivals and information about the exercise.
WHO: More than 80 federal, state, and local agencies will exercise together to test overall response. Locally, the following hospitals will participate by receiving patients via ambulance or helicopter:

  • Suburban Hospital
  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
  • Montgomery General Hospital
  • Washington Adventist Hospital
  • Doctors Community Hospital
  • Fort Washington Medical Center
  • Southern Maryland Hospital Center

In addition, the following hospitals will be participating by simulating the receipt of patients and in support to those receiving patients.

  • Calvert Memorial Hospital
  • Civista Hospital
  • Laurel Regional Hospital
  • Prince George’s Hospital Center
  • St. Mary’s Hospital

Montgomery and Prince George’s County Fire/EMS will be simulating on-site    triage, treatment and transport at a national terrorist incident at the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Training Academy.

SPECIAL NOTE: The public should take note that Capital Shield ‘12’ will simulate the movement and treatment of mock victims to area hospitals. Residents should anticipate additional helicopter traffic in the area.  This exercise will not impact the ability to be promptly seen at local hospitals, but people should be aware that they will likely see mock victims dressed up to look like they have been severely injured and hospital staff in personal protective equipment simulating the decontamination process. People should not be alarmed; this is a planned exercise to test the regions capability to respond to a mass casualty scenario.

INFO: First responders will perform mock rescues, triage, treatment procedures, and practice transporting victims by helicopter and ambulance to area hospitals. Reporters will be able to follow the event as it progresses, from a mock incident scene to the hospitals where mock victims will be treated.  Victims will be made-up to look as if they are seriously injured and have just been pulled from the rubble of a large explosion.

The goal of the exercise is to ensure that government agencies at every level are prepared to take coordinated action to protect the public in the event of an actual disaster in the National Capital Region. This is a joint exercise conducted with Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region/U.S. Army Military District of Washington and local and state response partners.

For more information on other media opportunities during Capital Shield 2012, visit

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Ronna Borenstein-Levy