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The purpose of the two-hour drill is to better prepare the hospital for a catastrophic event – such as the deadly tornado earlier this week in Joplin, Missouri – while practicing crisis interactions between medical staff and military personnel. The scenario created for the exercise is day three of tornadoes striking a nearby community, with dozens of injured and deceased workers from an Elk Grove Village industrial park being transported to NCH. The military is now involved, with medics on site.
During the two days prior to the drill – on June 8 and 9 – the U.S. Army Reserve Mortuary Affairs Unit will be staged in NCH’s west parking lot to practice handling mass casualties. Mannequins will be used as the bodies are decontaminated in tents and prepared for either burial or the medical examiner’s office.
Wednesday, the first day of Red Dragon, will be the 44th anniversary of Israel’s 1967 sneak attack against the USS Liberty. It was a textbook false flag operation, in which they tried to sink the ship, shoot the survivors, then blame it on Egypt, against whom they had just launched the Six-Day War. The Liberty fought bravely and survived at a cost of 34 dead and 171 wounded crewmen.
Military personnel intend to test a wide variety of their emergency equipment, including decontamination tents and sprayers that they will use to treat volunteer victims. They will also practice decontaminating vehicles on-site.
"People get nervous when they see military vehicles driving around and soldiers in uniform," Doug Birlingmair, an emergency preparedness and hazardous material specialist, said, according to LivingLakeCountry.com. "We will let neighbors know it is an exercise."
The exercise is expected to involve at least 185 members of the U.S. Army Reserve and dozens of hospital workers.
Red Dragon 2011 is the first time in two years that the military has trained with civilian health care operators in Southeastern Wisconsin.
An assembly line style decontamination operation will then be established.
“We will be using up to 300 soldiers in civilian clothes as victims, as well as some cadavers that will need to be cleared. Some of them will be older, and there will be some pregnant women. All of them will need to be decontaminated before we can turn them over to the emergency medical personnel.”
The Talladega exercise will begin around 8 a.m., with the reconnaissance teams going out at around 9 a.m., at the same time the BIDS will be arriving, and the mass decontamination will get under way around 2 p.m. Saturday.
Quincy’s police and fire departments will participate this weekend in a series of Homeland Security drills dubbed “Urban Shield.”