Archbold Hosting Active Shooter Drill Thursday
Monday, June 17, 2013
On Thursday, June 20, Archbold Memorial Hospital will hold an “active shooter” drill, during which hospital staff will simulate a response to an overhead announcement of Code Silver.
Code Silver is the hospital’s newly identified, non-clinical emergency code used to alert staff and visitors of an active shooter, anyone engaged in trying to kill others with any type of weapon, on the hospital campus.
“It’s extremely important that our staff knows how to respond in real emergency situations and during a crisis or disaster that could affect the safety and well being of our patients, visitors and employees,” said Chuck Winchester, Archbold’s director of emergency management.
Archbold frequently holds drills to remind staff how to respond to internal emergencies or disasters such as fire, extreme weather and infant or child abduction. In addition, the hospital routinely partners with local law enforcement and first responders to simulate external events such as chemical spills and mass casualty events that, in real life, would result in enacting the activation of a county-wide emergency management plan.
“It’s very important that we evaluate our policies and test our procedures to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and community.”
“Our team has met with local law enforcement and city and county officials several times in preparation for the upcoming Code Silver exercise,” said Winchester. “We’ve developed a joint plan that we’ll implement during the exercise to test the policies and procedures we’ve discussed and put in place for this type event.”
The drill will take place on the second floor of the hospital’s South Wing. The scenario will involve a staged visitor becoming hostile, escalating to the point of simulated gun shots being fired. Law enforcement and first responders will respond to the hospitals call to E-911, arriving on the scene to assess and control the simulated situation.
“We want to stress to the community that this is only a drill,” said Winchester. “Archbold and our local law enforcement will be in full control of the simulation.”
For more information on the upcoming Code Silver drill at Archbold, please call Chuck Winchester, (229) 551-2199.