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VA Western New York Healthcare System


Community Tests Local Readiness in Disaster Drill

July 7, 2014

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NEWS RELEASE                                                                      

Contact:  Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer     
Phone:   (716) 862-8753 Cell: (716) 512-9338                 

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Contact:  C. Douglas Hartmayer, Director of Public Affairs
              (716) 855-7420


Community Tests Local Readiness in Disaster Drill

Local emergency preparedness groups will be participating in a drill during the week with the

location action exercise on Saturday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Buffalo Niagara International

Airport.  VA Western New York Healthcare System is coordinating the effort with National Disaster

Management System (NDMS)/VA-Department of Defense partners, Erie County Emergency Services,

Erie County Sheriff, Erie County Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART), Buffalo

Niagara International Airport, and local area hospitals.

The mock disaster is a terrorist bombing at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA 

resulting in mass casualties and fatalities. Western New York will be activated for the reception of

patients on Saturday to assist with the overwhelmed Williamsport hospital system. Gregory

McQuaide, VA Emergency Preparedness Coordinator states, “It’s important to be prepared for

emergencies whether they originate here or somewhere else.  This drill gives our community the

readiness to respond and a chance to work and get to know our community partners.”