On June 11 the City’s Emergency Management Office will stage a full scale disaster exercise beginning at 9:30 a.m. The drill will take place in the UMass Lowell parking lot on Sparks Street off of Riverside Street.
The scenario is a serious bus accident involving 36 children and 4 adults on a school field trip. Patients will be triaged, tagged, tracked, and transported from the scene to three destinations– Lowell General Hospital (LGH) Main Campus Emergency Department; Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus Emergency Department; and the LGH Bridge Street Walk-In Center.
Participating responders will include Lowell Fire Department, Lowell Police Department, UML Police, Trinity EMS, PrideStar EMS, LGH Paramedics and UML EMS. Also participating will be C-MED, LGH Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the City of Lowell’s EOC.
At the emergency departments patients will be logged in, tracked and treated. Student list information will be requested by the hospital EOC from the city EOC. The city will work with the Lowell School Department to forward this information. The hospital EOC will in turn inform City officials as to which students and adults were transported to which facility. Each facility will then establish a re-unification center/unit where parents will be able to pick up their children with proper identification.