"Operation Gotham Shield"
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
This is a reminder that on April 26, 2017 - HCANJ/LANJ will be participating in "Operation Gotham Shield" in conjunction with our NJESF #8 Partners including NJDOH-PHILEP, New Jersey Medical Services Task Force, Office of the Medical Examiner, NJDHS-Disaster Terrorism Branch, Urban Area Strategic Initiative, as well as, State Office of Emergency Management, local, county and Federal Law Enforcement agencies.
Our members will receive exercise information prior to and during the exercise date that may solicit your facility to provide specific information related to available bed status to assist in medical surge. Only ONE individual per facility should respond to requests that are generated via our AMERILERT system, BUT your facility will be expected to respond to AMERILERT requests during the exercise.
The following exercise objectives have been established for HCANJ/LANJ.
Objective 1: Examine the operational coordination and interface of the NJSP SEOC, NJDOH Health Command Center (HCC), and Regional Medical Coordination Centers (MCC) to provide and maintain a common operational picture during an improvised nuclear detonation incident in accordance with NJESF#8 and established plans, policies, and procedures.
Objective 1.1: The Health Care Association of New Jersey will evaluate the ability of their Amerilert system to solicit available long term care facility (LTC) bed status information within 3-hours to help address acute care hospital decompression in response to anticipated medical surge.
Objective 1.2: The Health Care Association of New Jersey will evaluate the ability to remotely access external databases and their Amerilert system from the NJDOH Health Command Center to provide immediate information updates and situational awareness to LTC facilities during an emergency event
If you have any questions about your facility's expected level of participation, please contact me via email at Dave@hcanj.org or via my office phone at 609-890-8700.
THE EXERCISE WILL COMMENCE ON APRIL 26, 2017! IT IS ONLY AN EXERCISE!