Emergency personnel throughout Augusta will join Augusta University’s medical center in an emergency response exercise on Wednesday, March 29. The mock scenario involves a hurricane that results in the flooding of Downtown Augusta which then impacts the city’s water pumping system leaving the hospital in need of potable water.
As the regional coordinating hospital, Augusta University officials will use this exercise to evaluate the medical center’s ability to support an influx of patients during a natural disaster and enhance emergency response and cooperation among area emergency personnel.
The training will take place on Augusta University’s Health Sciences campus near the Emergency Department and on the Children’s Hospital of Georgia helipad. Traffic along Harper Street will not be affected.
This drill is a part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Vigilant Guard Exercise consisting of more than 8,000 personnel from Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina.
For more information about this exercise, contact Augusta University’s Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response at 706-667-4251.