Via an email received, as I live in the area:
EMERGENCY SERVICE DRILL - Tomorrow (April 20, 2011)
If you are not already aware, there are scheduled disaster recovery simulations going on tomorrow in the Denver area. Please see below.
On April, 20, 2011, there will be an emergency services drill at Centennial Airport that will test the ability of the airport to handle a huge
incident in another city that will send many patients to hospitals in the Denver metro area.
The exercise will be a full equipment set-up at Signature Flight Support and will include the reception, treatment and transportation of simulated
patients. The patients will physically be transported via air and ground to fifteen NDMS supporting hospitals in the North Central Region from Denver
to Loveland CO.
There will be numerous large helicopters, ambulances and other transportation modes in use, all creating a huge amount of noise and possible traffic
disruptions around the airport and highways.
Posting this both as an FYI for folks in the Denver area, that wonder what is going on tomorrow (Wednesday), and curious about the timing. Denver
does not often have drills, and I can't recall any drill that was in preparation of a large number of casualties coming into the city. As Denver is
a convenient distance from Nevada, it brings the recent earthquake swarms to mind. Is there someone in the know? Are they preparing just in case,
specifically for such an event? Or is this just a preplanned event that cooincidently is occuring just now.
Per this link:
Airport, agencies team for full-scale
They say this is in light of the disaster in Japan, and wanting national readiness. That was dated the 15th. Seems pretty short notice all around
(only received the email today, 1 day prior to the event).