CDPH - Emergency Preparedness Office


Exercise Materials for 2011


The purpose of this exercise is to provide participants with an opportunity to evaluate current response concepts, plans, and capabilities for a response to a disruption in the public water sysetm. The exercise will focus on the response capabilities to communicate effectively, share information and disseminate intelligence, review risk communication messaging and respond to a medical surge caused by a disruption in the public water system.


The scenario for the 2011 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise is a disruption in the public water system. A disruption in the public water system can occur for a variety of reasons: system contamination, natural disasters such as earthquakes or flooding, power failures or a collapse in the delivery system due to aging infrastructure. The impact will be the same: inability to provide the basic water to the community and its services. Water loss for medical and health providers is a significant concern and can further inhibit a community's response to such an event.

Over the years, many communities have been impacted by water disruption. The 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake left the community, and its firefighting resources, severly impacted with over 70 water main breaks and 50 service line breaks in San Francisco alone. In June of 2009, a water main break left Martin's Ferry, Ohio without water, requiring the purchase of starage equipment and bottled water to maintain firefighting and hospital operations. In May 2010, a 4 day water outage in Boston greatly impacted the operations at the largest hospital in the city, Massachusetts General. The level of preparedness and a coordinated response by the hospital and health care partners included use of sanitizers for hygiene and housekeeping, bottled water for nutrition and boiling of water to continue infrastructure operations. In November 2010 a well in Barstow, California was contaminated by percholate, resulting in a community order to drink only bottled water thereby stressing the reserves within the community. In January of 2011, a new chemical used in purification was introduced into the water system in Decatur, AL. The resulting change in the water closed down the treatment plants and cut the water supply to the community. City buildings, restaurants and schools were closed; hospitals remained open and became the site of refuge for many.

  • Please visit the current California Statewide Medical and Health Training and Exercise Program year for training information.

  • California Water Districts and Associations
  • Community-Based Organizations
  • Community Care Clinics
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Service Providers
  • Fire Services
  • Hospitals
  • Law Enforcement
  • Local Emergency Medical Service Agency
  • Local Health Departments
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Medical Examiners/Coroners

  • Exercise Guidebook
  • Tabletop Exercise PowerPoint
  • Situation Manual
  • Exercise Evaluation Guide

  • Exercise Guidebook
  • Exercise Plan
  • Controller and Evaluator Handbook
  • Master Scenario Events List (MSEL)
  • MSEL Guidance
  • Exercise Evaluation Guides
  • After Action Report/Improvement Plan
  • Patient Profiles