Corry hospital readies for emergency drill

An emergency drill at Corry Memorial Hospital will include at least a dozen outside agencies Tuesday afternoon.

The emergency preparedness exercise, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., is to test the hospital’s response to a mass-casualty incident.

According to a news release by the hospital, Tuesday’s drill will involve a large number of injured patients contaminated by an organophosphate chemical — commonly used on roadways.

The emergency drill will follow guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program.

The simulated accident scene will be staged in the parking lot of the former Erie Plastics location on Route 6 in Corry. More than 14 students from Corry Area High School will participate and will look and act as if they are injured.

Some of the participants in the drill will be “contaminated” by the chemical; patients will be transported to the hospital by Corry Ambulance.

A triage area will be set up outside the hospital.

Outside agencies taking part in the emergency drill include: Erie County Emergency Management, Corry Local EMA, City of Corry Fire Department, Corry Area High School, Corry Ambulance, Emergycare, County 911, EMCO West, Union City schools, Pittsburgh Poison Center, Corry Area Industrial Development Corp., HAM Radio Operators of Corry and AFSS Corp.

“By participating in this exercise, Corry Memorial Hospital shows tangible evidence of their commitment to ensure public safety through collaborative partnerships, thereby preparing to respond to any emergency,” said Gayle Gage, hospital public information officer.

“To accomplish this, Corry Memorial Hospital will evaluate current response concepts, plans and capabilities for a response to a man-made disaster.”

Gage said inpatient and outpatient care at the hospital will not be disrupted Tuesday by the drill.

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