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LIU Post, North Shore-LIJ Hospitals and Local EMS to Stage Emergency Drill March 31

Mock tornado will test procedures; students will act as victims in trauma scenario


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

LIU Post Emergency DrillBrookville, N.Y. – LIU Post Public Safety, Roslyn Rescue, Glen Cove EMS, LIU Post EMS, Nassau County CERT, LIU Post C-CERT, American Red Cross, as well as the North Shore-LIJ Manhasset and Glen Cove hospitals will take part in a Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI) Drill at LIU Post on Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

An MCI Drill is a mock emergency scenario in which emergency medical services, law enforcement and other first responders from the campus and local community practice their training. In a simulated mass casualty incident, a tornado will have touched down on campus and shattered windows in the South Residence Complex. About 50-60 people will play the part of injured victims, said Paul Rapess, director of Public Safety at LIU Post, formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

The volunteer victims will be transported to North Shore-LIJ"s hospitals on Manhasset and Glen Cove in simulated conditions ranging from serious to critical. "We"re going to run 40 to 60 people through triage," Rapess said. "We"re going to try to make this as realistic as possible."

Also participating will be personnel from LIU Post departments of Residence Life and Student Health and Counseling, as well as the Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps and the Nassau County Community Emergency Response Team.

"This drill is intended to enhance communication, cooperation and coordination between first responders and our campus community, and serve as another cross-training exercise for all who respond to major crises on our campus," said Rapess.

Posted 03/26/2012

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