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2017 CMS Winter Weather Tabletop Exercise

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Transcript of 2017 CMS Winter Weather Tabletop Exercise

Lancaster County
CMS Update
Tabletop Exercise

Module 1- Snow Storm
Module 2- Ice Storm
Module 3- Recovery
Player Briefing
2:00pm Player Briefing

2:15pm Module 1: Snow Storm

2:45pm Module 2: Ice Storm

3:15pm Module 3: Recovery

3:45pm Hot Wash 

4:00pm Wrap Up and Adjournment

Agenda
The purpose of this exercise is to bring together the appropriate healthcare organizations to discuss how their facilities would respond to a winter weather event in Lancaster County.

This exercise gives participants an opportunity to evaluate current response concepts, plans, and capabilities of their respective facility.

This exercise will identify strengths and possible areas for improvement that can be used for improvement planning.

Purpose
Exercise Structure
Three distinct modules:
Snow Storm
Ice Storm
Recovery

Functional group discussion after each module:
Hospitals
Nursing/Personal Care Homes
Home Health Care
Dialysis Centers
Outpatient Surgery Centers
Others as needed
Exercise Guidelines
This exercise is intended to provide an open, low-stress, no-fault environment.

Responses should be based on current capabilities, plans, and assets.

Consider different approaches and suggest improvements to current resources, plans, and training.

The Situation Manual can be used as a guide through the scenarios.

Assumptions and Artificialities
All participants receive information at the same time, although responses will differ based on the types of facilities.

Participants should assume that all outside organizations are implementing their current plans, policies, and procedures.

Time and location are dependent on the exercise.

Tuesday, February 2
It is a bright, cold day in February.

After several small snow storms, there is over a foot of accumulated snow on the ground.

The National Weather Service is calling for a snowstorm to dump an additional 8-12 inches in Lancaster County later in the week.

Thursday, February 4
The snow forecast has been updated to reflect that 12+ inches is expected from the storm.

The local news has been warning about the impact this storm could have across the region.

Many schools have been canceled for Friday due to the storm.

Breakout Session
Breakout Session
Hot Wash
The snow begins shortly before daybreak and continues all day.

Staff members are calling in to see if their schedule will be adjusted for the storm.

Snow rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour have been reported along with thunder snow.


Seven municipalities have snow emergencies in place and 10 have declared disaster emergencies.

Lancaster County has declared a disaster emergency and county government is closed today except for 24 hour departments.

PennDOT and municipal crews are working to clear roadways.

Only 132 PPL customer power outages have been reported.

The snow is expected to taper off overnight and into Sunday morning.

The snow totals from the storm range from 13-15 inches across Lancaster County.

Many schools and businesses have decided to remain closed for Monday and Tuesday.

The National Weather Service is calling for an icing condition for Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday.

The Lancaster County Commissioners have extended the previous disaster declaration to include this ice storm.

Freezing rain and sleet will fall from noon today into the mid morning on Wednesday.

Ice accretions on trees and other surfaces will reach close to a half of an inch and perhaps more in spots.

Thick ice accumulations on snow covered trees have the potential for causing widespread power outages.

Your facility just lost power.

PPL reports 46,268 customers are without service in the county.

Local warming stations have been opened by Municipal Emergency Management Agencies.


Many roads are closed or impassable due to the snow, ice, and downed trees.

Most schools have been canceled for Wednesday due to the icy roads.

The number of PPL customers without power is down to 34,280 with additional crews working throughout the day.

The freezing rain has let up and warmer temperatures are expected through the evening hours.

The warmer temperature has melted most of the ice on the roadways.

Schools are reopening after almost a week without classes.

There are still a few community residents in shelters due to power outages.

Many municipalities are opening the roads as the ice and snow melt.

The number of customers without power is falling rapidly since crews can continue working in daylight hours.

The power at your facility has been restored.

Friday, February 5
Friday, February 5
Saturday, February 6
Saturday, February 6
Monday, February 8
Tuesday, February 9
Tuesday, February 9
Wednesday, February 10
Wednesday, February 10
Thursday, February 11
Thursday, February 11
Breakout Session
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