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Binghamton University to conduct community-wide disaster drill


BINGHAMTON, NY - A community-wide disaster drill coordinated by Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing students, faculty and staff will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 8, in the University Events Center.

Over 300 people are expected to participate in the drill. In this mock scenario, the major hospitals have already been overwhelmed with cases. The injured residents, played by students, children and adults from the community, will need to be transported to a surge facility (Binghamton University’s Events Center).         

Participating community organizations include the American Red Cross, Broome County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Southern Tier Health Link, United Health Services, Lourdes Hospital, Harper’s Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service, Vestal Emergency Medical Service, Broome County Emergency Management Services, Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing faculty, the Graduate School and students.

The purpose of the drill is to educate and prepare nursing students and community partners to respond to unforeseen disasters. Participants will utilize the Incident Command System (ICS) as an educational tool. ICS is a standardized, all-hazard incident management system used throughout the United States.

Nurses and members of the community are welcome to join. For more information, contact Laura Kasey at or Margaret Decker at

Last Updated: 9/17/13