How ready is your facility to handle a Paris-style, multi-venue,
terrorist attack? This year’s annual Statewide Medical and
Health Exercise (SWMHE) did just that. With attacks coming
from every angle, hospitals tested the organization’s readiness,
plans, policies and procedures internally, and with local,
regional and state partners.
This year the 2017 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise will
take place on Thursday, November 16, 2017.
The Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Program consists of
four phases (Multi-media Training, Organizational Self
Assessment, Tabletop Exercise, and Functional Exercise) where
each phase helps to build on and prepare for the next phase. The
program utilizes the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation
Program (HSEEP) and aligns with Public Health Emergency
Preparedness (PHEP)/Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grants.
The Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Program is customizable
to fit the needs of any local organization, facility, or
jurisdiction. You can change the scenario, exercise date,
objectives, or any other details to fit your needs.
You can find more information and the exercise materials on the
The California Department of Public Health (CDPHi) and
the California Emergency Medical Services Agency have
released materials for this year’s statewide medical health
exercise, to be held Nov. 19. Using pandemic influenza as the
scenario, this year’s exercise will focus on testing objectives
designed to improve understanding of response procedures,
building collaborative relationships and identifying areas of
improvement. Participants may choose the objectives that will
challenge and develop their emergency preparedness programs. The
exercise materials and additional information are available on
the CDPH website at www.californiamedicalhealthexercise.com/index.html.