Scores of Labs employees in Albuquerque, joined by outside emergency response personnel, were immersed in a simulated crisis April 17 as part of the annual emergency management full-scale exercise.
Adding a dose of realism, responders dressed out in full personal protective equipment, and victims were made up in moulage to simulate injuries. A rare New Mexico rainstorm provided an unexpected twist to the exercise, creating impromptu access challenges.
“These annual exercises are specially designed to target current response procedures and improve our future responses,” said Ben Huff, emergency preparedness manager. “Throughout this event, evaluators from Sandia and outside federal agencies took copious notes that will enable us to really drill down on the efficacy of our policies and protocols, and compliance with the DOE order covering the comprehensive emergency management system. Front to back, it’s quite an experience.”