Published on September 14, 2021

Community Organizations to Participate in Emergency Drill

MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot, along with a number of city, county and state organizations, will demonstrate response skills during an emergency drill held the week of September 20, on the campus of the Medical Center in Alma.

Disaster drills prepare Medical Center and community emergency responders to be ready with the most efficient processes should a disaster occur. Such drills enable Medical Center staff and community partners to remain up to date in their abilities to respond in case of large scale emergencies and disasters.

“It is important to alert our community members so that they are not alarmed when a large number of police and emergency vehicles are surrounding the Medical Center,” said Marita Hattem-Schiffman, president, MidMichigan Medical Centers in Clare, Gratiot and Mt. Pleasant. “These types of emergency preparedness drills are required for hospitals, and are part of essential preparation.”

“The nature of the type of emergency being addressed by the drill is not being released until afterward so that all involved can react in a way that helps them prepare for an actual emergency,” said Kendra Overla, chief of police, Alma Police Department. “We appreciate all agencies participating in this important event.”

Those interested in more information about the drill may contact Mary Jo Beal, B.B.A., CHEC III, C.O.S.S., security and emergency preparedness supervisor, MidMichigan Health, at (989) 466-7427 or