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Mock Disaster Drill

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m

Location: Lone Star Ballroom | Frank Erwin Center | 1701 Red River, Austin, Texas

Hurricane and fire seasons are upon us and a Boston-style bombing could happen at any time in any American city. Is Austin ready for an emergency?

Student nurses participating in mock disaster drill

Student nurses participating in mock disaster drill

Trained clinical and public health faculty and nearly 200 students from The University of Texas at Austin Schools of Nursing and Social Work will gather at the Lone Star Ballroom, Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River, Thursday, Sept. 26, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. for disaster preparedness training.

Experts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that disaster preparedness efforts have improved, but they could—and must—be better and are calling for more and better-trained disaster management teams. That’s why the UT Austin Schools of Nursing and Social Work are preparing for the unthinkable by staging one of the largest mock disaster drills Austin has seen.

Improving disaster preparedness requires teamwork, but learning how to work in teams with other health-care providers shouldn’t begin during an actual disaster. Students will use interprofessional strategies to respond to the aftermath of a fictional disaster—a tornado hitting a local Walmart—to prepare for a real one.

About the School of Nursing Disaster Preparedness Program: Recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing with the 2011 Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award, the School of Nursing’s Disaster Preparedness program ensures that faculty (experienced clinical and public health nurses) and upper-level students are prepared to mobilize for triage and care of victims and evacuees, allowing hospital personnel to remain at their stations.