It will only be an exercise, and it is scheduled for this Wednesday, December 10th.

Officials with Lafayette General Medical Center will be conducting a drill to test their skills in relation to their chemical exposure response capabilities.

On Wednesday, their drill will consist of a scenario where a large amount of people are exposed to a hazardous chemical and how they handle the decontamination process.

LGMC officials want the public to be aware of their drill.  The drill will start around 9 a.m. and wrap up around noon on Wednesday.

They remind residents that there will be no interruption of any hospital services.

LGMC points out that they are required by the state to conduct drills on a yearly basis to test their readiness to respond to emergency situations.

They say their drill is part of bigger drill involving many agencies across the state including:

  • Law enforcement
  • Louisiana's Homeland Security Office
  • Fire officials
  • Hazmat officials
  • Numerous hospitals
  • Public heath agencies

LGMC officials point out this is the first time they will be able to test some new facilities and additions at the hospital that include their new Emergency Room and trauma facilities.

Other additions include:

  • An outdoor mass shower
  • New trauma rooms
  • Personal decontamination shower stall for medical personnel