The following is a small time-line sample of messages for an exercise scenario involving Chemical Terrorism. The time is the message insertion time followed by the telephone number called and the message text. Any part of the message text or Expected Staff Actions CAN BE MODIFIED! shows the objective.

Time

Phone

Message

Expected Staff Actions

1:14 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Paul / Polly Yardley, Labor Pool Unit Leader in the Human Resources Office. We have set up a staff labor pool in the cafeteria. We are calling all available administrative, support, and medical personnel. We have a census of all physicians and nurses currently in the hospital.  If you have a fax number, I can fax it to you. Or, I can give them to you over the phone. Will have more for you later.

1) Command Post Command Post Staff updates personnel status.

1:14 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Harry / Juanita White, Nursing Unit in the City Hospital Surgery Center. We have  8 beds available. Will call you later with an update.

1) Command Post Staff updates number of beds available; 2) Command Post Staff forecasting total beds available.

1:14 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Ned / Nancy Peterson, Nursing Unit in the City Hospital Pediatric Department. I have a bed availability report. We have no  beds available. Will update you later.

1) Command Post Staff updates number of beds available; 2) Command Post Staff forecasting total beds available.

1:16 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Rick / Lucy Price, Nurse Supervisor in the Neighboring Hospital Emergency Department. We have staff available to assist you. We have an estimated 5 emergency department physicians and 10 registered nurses who can be available within two hours. We will check again with you, later.

1) Command Post Staff updates additional resources status.

1:16 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is John / Juana Lopez, Nursing Unit in the City Hospital Burn Department.   We have no  beds available. Will call you later with an update.

1) Command Post Staff updates number of beds available; 2) Command Post Staff forecasting total beds available.

1:16 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Steve / Lydia Canyon, Medical Staff Unit Leader in the City Hospital Burn Department. We’re calling all available physicians, especially emergency department physicians. We have an Initial Census of Physicians in the Hospital at the Time of the Incident. I can fax it to you, if you like. We are estimating that all physicians here in the hospital now will work an average of 12 more hours.   3 additional physicians have signed in. Will have more for you later.

1) Command Post Staff updates Medical Personnel Status.

1:19 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Mike / Cathy Ray, Patient Tracking Officer in the Admissions Department. I have a patient admissions report. 16  patients have been admitted.    We will keep you up-to-date.

1) Command Post Staff begins admissions statistics and compares to beds available forecast.

1:19 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Juan / Juanita Garcia, Nursing Unit in the City Hospital Medical Department.   We have no  medical beds available. We will keep informed.

1) Command Post Staff updates number of beds available; 2) Command Post Staff forecasting total beds available.

1:21 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Ned / Nancy Peterson, Nursing Unit in the City Hospital Pediatric Department. We are calling all available administrative, support, and medical personnel. We have no  beds available. Will have more numbers later.

1) Command Post Staff updates number of beds available; 2) Command Post Staff forecasting total beds available.

1:22 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Paul / Polly Yardley, Labor Pool Unit Leader in the Human Resources Office. We are continuing to call all available administrative, support, and medical personnel. We are estimating that nurses here now will work an average of 12 more hours.  26 more nurses have signed in. Will have more for you later.

1) Command Post Staff updates personnel status; 2) Command Post Staff begins personnel shortfall forecast.

1:23 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Alvin / Alice Warren, Nutrition Supply Unit Leader in the City Hospital Burn Department. The hospital cafeteria is fully available. We’re calling additional staff. We will keep you up-to-date.

1) Command Post Staff updates facilities status.

1:25 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Kelly / Shelly Oliver, In-patient Areas Supervisor in the Nursing Shift Supervisor’s Office. I am passing on a status report on medical equipment and services currently available. We have 6 operating rooms available. The emergency department is coping with a large number of arriving patients. All radiology resources are available. We will have more updates later.

1) Command Post Staff updates Medical Equipment and Services Status.

1:25 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Carl / Lisa Gomez, Reporter in the Channel 4 News room. We are going to air a special report in about 20 minutes about the patients who are arriving at your emergency department. We understand there may be some kind of chemical agent poisoning involved. Please fax a statement to us at 555-1111 . Our television viewers will want to know what’s going on. Thank you for your cooperation.

1) Command Post Staff prepares or updates a written press release.

1:25 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Bob / Tina Bailey, Nursing Unit in the Maternity Department.  We have no  beds available.

1) Command Post Staff updates number of beds available; 2) Command Post Staff forecasting total beds available.

1:25 PM

555-0000

I have an Exercise Message. This is Larry / Candace Martin, Security Supervisor in the City Hospital Burn Department. We are in the process of locking down the hospital. We are posting signs and asking departments to cancel nonessential patient appointments. They following roads near the hospital are closed: Maple and Central from San Pedro to Louisiana. Also, San Pedro and Louisiana from Maple to Central. We will keep you informed.

1) Command Post Staff updates security sta