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Licensed amateur radio, or HAM radio, operator Marcus Kessler

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center joins the rest of Missouri and 5 other states in efforts to prepare for the 7.7 and 6.0 magnitude earthquakes that were simulated Monday morning as part of the national, annual emergency preparedness drill ordered by Congress.

Licensed amateur radio, or HAM radio, operator Marcus Kessler listens to and makes note of incoming messages during a simulated Strategic National Stockpile, a sort of inventory of emergency supplies in a disaster scenario. This exercise is one of many that are happening from Monday to Thursday as part of the government-ordered drill.

Since the power was knocked out by the simulated earthquake, the HAM radio must be used to send and receive information from other area hospitals and emergency responders. This exercise is designed to test the functionality of the hospitals’ HAM radio equipment, the effectiveness the HAM radio operator and the clarity and reception of the emergent messages that would need to be delivered in such a circumstance.

Others present at SSM Cardinal Glennon for this drill today are Steve Fine, Network Coordinator of Emergency Management SSM, and Joan Aaron of Nursing Administration who is also a member of the SSM Cardinal Glennon Emergency Preparedness Team.

The disaster preparedness teams at SSM St. Clare Health Center and SSM St. Joseph Health Center are also participating in this 4-day disaster drill.

See this article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for more information about this week’s disaster drill: Quake plans to be tested in natural disaster drill.

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