– On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, Valley View will be joined by safety partners Garfield County Public Health, Garfield County EMA, Glenwood Police Department, Glenwood Fire, Garfield County Coroner, and Garfield County Communications to conduct a full-scale hazmat exercise from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Valley View Hospital. During this exercise, patients and visitors may hear sirens and see structures such as a mock decontamination site.
The objective of the hazmat exercise is to evaluate Valley View’s response to a hazardous materials incident, including emergency operations center coordination, information sharing, medical surge response, and responder health and safety.
Exercise facilitator Josh Anderson of the Safety, Security and Emergency Management department at Valley View, is looking forward to evaluating the response. “Coordination is the most important element of any type of emergency management exercise,” he explains. “We’re looking forward to working with our local agencies to identify what our strengths are, and evaluate opportunities for improvement should we ever experience a real-life event.”
Signs will be placed around the hospital alerting patients and visitors to the exercise. Valley View and participating agencies will also be spreading the word via their social media pages leading up to the exercise.