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[December 6, 2006]

   SUNY Downstate Medical Center will hold the largest disaster drill performed by an academic medical center or teaching hospital ever in New York City on Sunday, December 10, 2006, from 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
        The staffs of four hospitals will care for more than 150 volunteers pretending to be victims of the mock disaster, many brought to the site by ambulance. The drill will begin with a reported explosion of unknown origin in the vicinity, with triage at sites between 395 and 445 Lenox Road.
        New York City Emergency Medical Services and the police and fire departments will participate in the exercise, which is cosponsored by Kings County Hospital Center, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, and Kingsboro State Psychiatric Center.
        SUNY Downstate Medical Center has been the leader in hospital disaster preparedness in the City. Dr. Bonnie Arquilla is assistant professor of emergency medicine and the director of disaster preparedness at SUNY Downstate/Kings County Medical Center.
WHAT:        Large disaster preparedness exercise.
WHEN:        Sunday, Dec. 10, 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 P.M..
WHERE:        395 – 445 Lenox Road, east of New York Avenue, Brooklyn.      
WHY                To better prepare Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) services.
WHO:                 Dr. Bonnie Arquilla, director of disaster preparedness, SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center: 718-270-3216.
NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS:  Photo opportunities include moulage (applying mock injuries for the purpose of training) and emergency services being administered to mock disaster victims. Computer simulation of full resuscitation of patients will test emergency services response in real time. The moulage begins at 10:00 a.m., 395 Lenox Road, near the intersection with New York Avenue.