For Immediate Release
May 11, 2016

Contact: Christa Martin, 256-386-4107

Statewide Disaster Drill Today

Sheffield, Ala. - Helen Keller Hospital is participating in a statewide disaster drill today from 9 a.m. - 12p.m. In the event of a true emergency, updates would be available at and through social media outlets - Helen Keller Hospital on Facebook and @HKHospital on Twitter.

If the Helen Keller Hospital emergency operations plan is activated, the following media plan will be utilized:

A media center will be immediately established in the Keller Outpatient Therapy lobby (located in the same building as the Keller Wellcare Center on the campus of Helen Keller Hospital)

All known media outlets will be notified by email and/or by the Fast Command activation system that the Media Center is in place. Members of the media will only be allowed in the Media Center until further notice. Media representatives will be issued a media badge and receive the latest information available.

No information will be released to the media without prior approval from the Incident Commander.

A press release/public service announcement will be sent immediately, with the IC's approval, informing the community of the current situation as well as all known methods for obtaining information.

The Helen Keller Hospital PIO (Public Information Officer) or a representative will make every effort to provide information regularly and accurately.

No media representative will be allowed access to any part of the Helen Keller Hospital campus without an escort by, or with, someone designated by the PIO.

Any family member or patient granting interviews will first be contacted by the PIO and asked for their permission. Prior to the interview, a media release form must be signed.

Working with the HICS liaison, the PIO will coordinate with PIO's from other supporting agencies in order to send consistent and accurate information to the community.

THIS IS ONLY A DRILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!