Submitted by Jennifer Irwin, Baylor McKinney
Baylor Medical Center at McKinney will conduct a disaster preparedness drill Friday in coordination will local emergency response agencies. This drill is only a practice exercise, intended to simulate response to a disaster or incident resulting in a large influx of patients to our hospital.
The collaborative exercise will include emergency response personnel and equipment from the McKinney Fire Dept, McKinney Office of Emergency Management, Collin County Homeland Security, Prosper Fire Dept, Sherman Fire Dept, and CareFlite.
During this practice drill, you may see increased activity on or near the Baylor McKinney campus. There will be several emergency response personnel and vehicles including helicopters and ambulances onsite. We would like to advise the community not to be alarmed; the exercise is for training purposes only. All hospital services and regular operations will continue as usual throughout this practice drill and patient care will not be affected.
Baylor Health Care System emphasizes disaster preparedness on an ongoing basis. We conduct practice drills regularly to prepare to handle disasters of all kinds, using a potentially high-risk scenario to assess the hospital’s emergency response plans. Baylor also participates in citywide disaster planning efforts, and works closely with the Texas Department of Health. A top priority for Baylor Health Care System is to maintain a safe environment for our staff and our patients.