Students, faculty and staff participated in a campus-wide evacuation on Wednesday, April 17, as part of a mock emergency drill for disaster preparedness. Mount Mercy partnered with Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Cedar Rapids Fire Department, and EMT response crews to conduct the drill, which was planned months in advance.
As the entire campus was being evacuated due to a fictitious chemical explosion in one of the labs in Donnelly Hall, about a dozen pre-identified Mount Mercy students were wearing stage makeup and tags indicating their blood pressure, oxygen rate, and other information emergency crews would need to assess to determine care.
Following the exercise on Mount Mercy’s campus, the students spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon at Mercy Medical Center assisting in training for the hospital staff.
View photos from the drill on our Facebook page.