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Medically Friendly Shelter Exercise

June 8th and 9th, 2011


The City conducted a major full-scale exercise of the new Medically Friendly Shelter (MFS) in the Virginia Beach Field House. The public private partnership with the newly opened athletic facility provides a 170,000 square foot venue where the City can accommodate people with special needs during a Category 2 hurricane or other declared emergency.


More than 25 staff and volunteers came together in the middle of the night on June 8 to turn ball courts into a mass care area and space for family members.


Just after sunrise on June 9, over 100 members reported to organize registration, triage, medical care and logistical support for the facility. Throughout the morning, volunteers reported to the Field House seeking shelter for an array of simulated medical conditions. Each was screened then placed at a cot where they could be monitored by nursing staff.


While the Department of EMS is the lead agency for coordinating the MFS, this event would not have been possible without participation from across City staff and community organizations.


Participants included City Departments of Fire, Health, Sheriff, Police, Human

Services, ComIT Multimedia Services, Public Works and Public Utilities. Volunteers responded from the Medical Reserve Corps, CERT, Amerigroup, American Red Cross, rescue squads and local military units.


Photography - Craig McClure



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