Emergency evacuation exercise scheduled at Beebe Oct. 22

LEWES – Delaware’s Division of Public Health will conduct a full-scale, emergency evacuation exercise in conjunction with Beebe Healthcare and several emergency services agencies next Saturday, Oct. 22.

The exercise will play out to the following scenario: a sudden wind storm (part of a severe thunderstorm) with wind speeds of up to 125 mph has knocked out the HVAC system on the roof and damaged the roof itself, and partially collapsed a hospital building on the Savannah Road campus.

This incident results in a need to evacuate the building of patients and deal with approximately 10 to 20 fatalities from a portion of the brick façade of an outside wall of the hospital landing on a group of 15 people, killing most of them.

Patients will be evacuated from the Beebe Healthcare facility and sent to surrounding health care facilities within the state. The individuals being evacuated (human volunteers and manikins) will include patients from the emergency room.

The purpose of this exercise is to test the DPH, Beebe, and general emergency response systems in the state.


Specific objectives being drilled are:

  • Emergency operations coordination;
  • Fatality management;
  • Information sharing for health care facilities;
  • Medical surge for health care facilities;
  • Volunteer management; and
  • Evacuation/transfer and tracking of “volunteer” patients to other sites (either live or simulated)

Other drill participants include the Department of Transportation, Department of Safety and Homeland Security, City of Lewes Fire Department, Sussex County Emergency Management Agency, Sussex County Emergency Medical Services, Amateur Radio Emergency Service, and Amateur Radio Relay League.

The exercise will take place on the grounds of Beebe Healthcare and inside the hospital buildings and will last throughout the course of the day.

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