NDMS Mock Disaster Drill in Columbia

This is an excerpt of the original story as covered by WIS on May 3rd 2019. The original article can be viewed here.


(Source: WIS)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – As we inch closer to hurricane season, several local, state, and military agencies spent the day making sure they’d be ready if you need help.

Nearly 200 personnel participated in a large-scale mock disaster drill Friday at the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission hangar at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport designed to challenge and improve their response capabilities.

The US Department of Defense’s Federal Coordination Center-Columbia, the South Carolina Forestry Commission’s Incident Management Team, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control lead the exercise, which simulated the reception, triage, and tracking of injured and evacuated people from a fictional hurricane in the Caribbean Sea.

“First thing we’re going to do whenever we bring a patient in is do an immediate triage,” Staff Sgt. Christopher Malone of the South Carolina National Guard said.

The goal was to train in real-life scenarios in case of an emergency.

“In the military, we like to build muscle memory,” Sgt. Corey Outen, a medic with the South Carolina Army National Guard, said. “When you get in that adrenaline and that state of panic, your body is naturally going to go back to its training, what it knows how to do, so repetition and you actually training on these events builds that muscle memory and that way we can, we don’t have to think we can just respond.”

Throughout the course of two days, hundreds practiced in a large-scale mock disaster drill designed to challenge and improve their response capabilities.

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