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16 Hospitals, 500 Victims, 11 USF CERT Evaluators

 

 A quiet Thursday morning in Hillsborough County erupted into chaos as reports of a bomb blast and strings of mass shootings flooded hospitals with victims suffering from traumatic injuries with little time to prepare. These simulated mass casualty events popped up throughout the county, from suburban Tampa to Brandon, to Ruskin to Fort Lonesome and anywhere in between. Over 45 agencies came together to respond to this Mass Casualty Incident in a county-wide operation.

 

Over 500 actors from Hillsborough Community College and other local organizations were given casualty cards, moulaged with fake wounds and dropped at the doorstep of every hospital in the county - even the ones without Emergency Rooms, like Shriners Hospital for Children and Moffitt Cancer Center - to be tre