Bounce Day: An Emergency Preparedness Drill

October 01, 2017 11:04 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A community-wide disaster simulation and resilience training took place in Rochester Sunday afternoon.  It gave participants a chance to practice for real-life emergencies.

Over 300 doctors, communications coordinators, and high school students gathered at the Gamehaven Scout Reservation for a community-wide disaster simulation.


“It was definitely more than what I thought but I can tell that was a positive thing because I have taken out how to correct somebody and how to incubate people and that’s stuff that I would’ve never been able to learn had I not come here," said Red Wing senior Abby Estabrooks.

A fake bus crash simulated a trauma event, but to up the stakes, actors played roles of patients infected with an unknown zombie virus.

Organizers said that element of the unknown is key in a training simulation like this one because it mimics the uncertainty that accompanies real-life emergencies.

The event is called bounce day and the message revolves around the idea that a community will always bounce back from a major disaster.

Although it was cut short because of the rain, organizers said the day was less about results and more about identifying the best ways to work together.




Lynette Miller

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