Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Hosts Patriot South Exercise
Courtesy of Jackson Municipal Airport Authority

Participants in the Patriot South emergency medical evacuation exercise

Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport participated in the Patriot South Exercise on February 14, 2018, at the south cargo ramp in collaboration with the Veterans Administration Office of Emergency Management. The exercise included federal, state and local hospital and emergency responder organizations managing 40 patients flown in to our airport by military aircraft from hospitals and nursing homes in areas affected by a simulated earthquake occurring in the Mississippi Valley area.

As a component of the Jackson-Vicksburg National Disaster Medical System Operations Plan, our airport is a patient reception site and provides a location for the definitive care of surviving patients evacuated from hospitals and nursing homes affected by natural and/or man-made disasters. The Patriot South exercise included evaluating aeromedical operations, airport operations, multi-agency incident command, mass casualty response, patient triaging and care and patient transports to local hospitals.

Participating organizations in the exercise included Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, the Veterans Administration Office of Emergency Management, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the 105th Airlift Wing of Stewart Air National Guard Base (New York), the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the Mississippi Department of Health, the Mississippi Wireless Information Network, the Mississippi Hospital Association, District 5 Health Care Coalition, the Hinds County Sheriff Department and the Rankin County Emergency Management Agency.