LEONARDTOWN, Md. (May 14, 2011) - The St. Mary's County Health Department participated in a three-day exercise May 3-5 in coordination with the State's health care partners to test Maryland's ability to respond to an influenza pandemic. This planned exercise involved simulating emergencies, which included virtual "table top" activities, at multiple locations in every county across Maryland.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) coordinated a multi-jurisdictional functional exercise to test pandemic flu priorities and activities and included State and local health departments, hospitals, health care providers and schools, as well as private businesses and community organizations.
"These exercises keep St. Mary's County in constant readiness to meet unexpected emergencies," said Dr. William Icenhower, health officer.