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Disaster Preparedness Drill a Success

Staff at Unity’s Edna Tina Wilson Living Center held a mock evacuation drill on Thursday, May 21st, to practice safely transferring residents in the event of an emergency. Edna Tina Wilson was selected as the host site for this year’s North Sector community drill in the Town of Greece, which also included Baird Nursing Home, The Shore Winds, and St. Ann’s Home.

“It’s important for our staff to practice reacting to an emergency, especially when the safety of our residents is involved,” says Patricia Nash Rubien, vice president of Edna Tina Wilson Living Center.

Employees from the other participating living centers were asked to pretend to be residents of Edna Tina Wilson. They were given gowns to wear, and either wheelchairs or walkers to use, along with name tags and wrist bands to identify them.

Staff on duty who participated in the drill were given the scenario that there were very high winds, and the risk of a tornado hitting the area. Then at 9:00 a.m. they were told that the tornado had hit the skilled nursing center, and that the building was no longer safe for residents.

Nurses and other staff rehearsed gathering the “residents” and the medications each would need to have with them. The drill was complete once transportation to one of the participating living centers had been arranged for all of the mock residents.

“This drill has helped the staff to see what works and what could be improved when it comes to our emergency response plans. Everyone reacted quickly to the mock emergency and made sure protecting the residents was the top priority,” said Rubien.

This drill also allows the community’s Mutual Aid Committee the opportunity to evaluate their role and response, should this type of disaster ever become real. 

Participants are now in the process of evaluating any weaknesses discovered during the drill, and will create a plan to correct those weaknesses.


Unity Health System provides a complete network of health care services from the Unity Park Ridge Hospital Campus in the town of Greece, the Unity St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, and at numerous other sites throughout Rochester and western Monroe County. Services include inpatient and outpatient hospital care and surgery, a family birth place, women’s health services, chemical dependency and mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, adult day health and home health programs for older adults, retirement communities, child care, and laboratory services, among many others.