Iowan counties practice pandemic response
| 04.12.2007 | 08:51:13 | Views: 3118 | ID:
April 12 '07: More than a half-dozen counties in Iowa will participate in emergency preparedness drills simulating a pandemic, Radio Iowa reported. The exercises also will include a full-scale exercise with law enforcement and EMT's as well as county and local health officials.
Cass County Memorial Hospital Community Health Coordinator Denise Coder told Radio Iowa that local participation in simulating the drills is important because it gives the local responder community experience so that if a real disease outbreak were to occur, they would be prepared."Funding for the exercise is being provided, in part, by the Centers for Disease Control," the radio show reported. At the end of the exercises this week, a tabletop "deactivation phase" and a statewide critique of the responses will be performed. Officials will look for areas of improvement or areas which need improvement, Coder said.
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