March 30, 2010

Multi-state National Disaster Medical System Exercise, April 28

Vanderbilt University Medical Center will be one of many medical centers participating in a National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) exercise hosted by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs on Wednesday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

During this exercise, states across the Southeast will be testing the federal system used to evacuate medical patients, civilians and pets out of a disaster area in the event of an emergency. The scenario for this exercise involves a Category 5 Hurricane hitting the Gulf Coast resulting in a mass evacuation to three designated regions in Tennessee.

In order to effectively test Vanderbilt’s portion of the exercise, volunteers are needed to serve in the roles of “mock” patients, “mock” visitors, and labor pool personnel. If you are an hourly (non-exempt) employee, you must have approval from your supervisor to participate. If approved, you will be compensated.

A boxed lunch will be provided for all participants who register for the exercise. In addition, all registered exercise participants will be entered into a prize drawing that will take place immediately following the exercise.

If you are interested in participating, you can register online by going to the Department of Emergency Preparedness home page and clicking on the “National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Exercise Registration” link. The Web address is:

The Department of Emergency Preparedness and Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety want to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your support in this every important training event.