Regional and statewide drills and exercises are a major emphasis of the South Dakota Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). Exercises conducted by HPP are Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant and are developed using a foundation which provides the framework for design and development, conduct, and evaluation of exercises as well as improvement planning.
Communications drills are held regularly to test multiple systems including the South Dakota Health Alert Network (SDHAN), the state digital system, and Tracking of Bed Availability (HAvBED). Hospital, clinics and response partners are encouraged to participate. HPP sponsored regional and statewide tabletop, functional and full-scale exercises are conducted annually.
Check out Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic, CDC’s graphic novel which introduces the importance of preparedness in a creative new format. Follow Todd, Julie, and Max as they navigate through a world over taken by the undead. A surprising twist at the end will have you thinking about what you can do to be prepared for all emergencies. Once you’re done reading use the attached preparedness checklist to get your family, workplace, or school prepared before disaster strikes! You can find the novella and preparedness checklist at http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/zombies_novella.htm