Henry Ford Allegiance Health will hold a full-scale, emergency exercise on Wednesday, August 15, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in and around the hospital campus located at 205 N. East Avenue in Jackson. The exercise will focus on emergency response to an active shooter incident and is being hosted by Henry Ford Allegiance Health’s Emergency Management department, in collaboration with local, regional and state emergency responders. It will involve a simulation of the organization’s emergency operations plan and will help to ensure a coordinated, effective response and recovery in the event of an actual incident.
There will be significant law enforcement, fire and emergency medical vehicles present during the exercise. In order to avoid any confusion, the public is being notified ahead of time. The exercise is closed to the general public, for safety reasons.
During the exercise, all Henry Ford Allegiance Health facilities will be open as unusual, including the Emergency Department. Patient care will not be interrupted.
Local agencies participating in the exercise include: Jackson City Police and Fire Departments, Blackman Township Public Safety, Michigan State Police, Jackson Community Ambulance/Emergent Health Partners, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County Emergency Management, Michigan State Police Emergency Management Homeland Security Division, Jackson Health Department, District One Regional Medical Response Coalition (D1RMRC) and Michigan Department of Corrections.
Henry Ford Allegiance Health is a weapons-free zone. Only on-duty law enforcement is allowed on the hospital campus with firearms. No live weapons will be used in this exercise. Only issued training weapons will be allowed.