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MDA 36, the towns of Cromwell, Durham, Middlefield and the City of Middletown in conjunction with Wesleyan University will be conducting a joint exercise beginning at 8:00 AM on June 11 to test the area’s ability to respond to a real-life emergency. The full-scale exercise will take place at the University’s Freeman Athletic Center and Coles Road Fire Station in Cromwell.
Emergency responders from health, police, fire, and as well as personnel from Wesleyan University, Middlesex Hospital and members of the public will role-play a scenario in which a mass exposure to a biological agent in a neighboring state has occurred. The drill will include activating the local emergency operations plan and opening a POD (point of dispensing) at Wesleyan to provide simulated medication to the public. Representatives from various local and state agencies will observe and evaluate the exercise.
"Mock" patients are needed to go through the registration process and medication dispensing stations. If members of the public are interested in participating, please arrive at the Freeman Athletic Center at 161 Cross Street, Middletown on June 11th between the hours of 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Free parking is available in Lot R, across from the Cross Street Firehouse.
The joint exercise is supported through public health emergency preparedness grants from the Connecticut Department of Public Health and CDC.