Drill Tests Readiness for Multiple Patients with Infectious Diseases
Three mock patients are flying on 747 from West Africa to Nebraska
Omaha - Local, state and national agencies will take part in a full-scale exercise over the course of four days to evaluate and test the ability to provide international medical transport for multiple patients with a highly infectious disease.
The drill will involve the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Phoenix Air Group, The National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI), Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, Douglas County 911, Douglas County Emergency Management, Nebraska State Patrol, Omaha Police Department, Omaha Fire Department, Omaha Airport Authority, Douglas County Health Department, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Omaha exercise activities will take place on Friday, November 18th at Eppley Airfield with the arrival of three “patients” on a 747 equipped to simultaneously transport and contain multiple highly infectious patients.