MHCC Plays Role in Simulated Bioterrorism Attack
Posted: May 15, 2013
Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) will serve a key role in a disaster drill involving more than 65 jurisdictions that will react and respond to a simulated bioterrorism attack. PACE Setter, the Portland Area Capabilities Exercise, will run May 21 – 23 and the MHCC component will take place the final day, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In the make-believe scenario, hospitals will become overwhelmed with patients and resources will be stretched. Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center will have to go into lock-down mode so the hospital can prioritize services to the public. Gresham Fire and Emergency Services will assist the hospital by evaluating the medical conditions of patients at a Medical Care Point (MCP). The MCP will be set up at MHCC (parking lot V, near the baseball field) to quickly evaluate the medical condition of those seeking help, provide basic medical attention and transport those with serious medical issues to the hospital. A Life Flight helicopter will land on the soccer field at MHCC and transport two mock patients to the nearby hospital.
Disaster Preparedness at MHCC
Several times each year, the college trains on scenarios involving fire, earthquake and bomb threats. In December, college leaders participated in a tabletop drill with the Gresham Police Department on an active shooter scenario.
In an emergency, the college follows the Incident Command System (ICS), the national management system used by FEMA and local emergency responders.
Several members of the college’s ICS team plan to observe the PACE Setter exercise.