2018 IHA Emergency Preparedness Exercise – Responding to an Active Threat Incident: Nov. 8

Time: 12:00 PM


12:00 - 3:30 pm


The 2018 Emergency Preparedness Exercise is open only to staff of IHA-member hospitals and health systems.

Authorized Beds* Registration Fee per Hospital
0-49 $250
50-99   400
100-199   800
200-399 1,200
400+ 1,500


*Number of authorized beds as approved by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board

Please note that the registration fee is for an individual hospital. See our pricing sheet for individual hospital fees. Systems that wish to enroll multiple hospitals can do so through the online registration system. Please contact Lorri Vanecek with any questions.

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the exercise.

Register Online

IHA’s annual Emergency Preparedness Exercise—open to all IHA members—will address a scenario that has taken on increasing urgency in healthcare: how to respond to an active threat inside a hospital. Such incidents require hospital employees to make life-and-death decisions in a matter of seconds. That’s why training is essential for frontline staff, who are most vulnerable to workplace violence, and hospital leadership.
Active threat events end in less than eight minutes, but their effects can last a lifetime. Beyond the worst-case outcomes of death and physical injury, survivors can experience psychological trauma such as PTSD, leaving hospitals with potentially substantial staff turnover as workers leave their jobs or healthcare altogether.
Nearly 75 percent of perpetrators in hospital threats target a specific individual. About one-fifth of victims are hospital employees, including physicians and nurses. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University, who examined hospital shootings, noted that establishing “impenetrable hospital security in an open society represents a particular challenge, and zero risk is not achievable.”
Since no hospital or health system is immune to these types of events, IHA encourages all members to participate in our full-scale, statewide simulation on Nov. 8. Frontline staff and leaders will benefit from the opportunity to activate their response plans and enhance those plans based on the experience of the simulation. In addition, participating helps fulfill a requirement of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that mandates hospitals to demonstrate a completion of two exercises per year.

See flyer for more information.

Continuing Education Credit
The Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) is authorized by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (license number 236.000109) to award up to 3.5 hours of nurse continuing education credit for this program.


After participating in the 2018 Emergency Preparedness Exercise, participants will be able to:

  • Assess healthcare facilities’ policies and protocols in an active threat situation to ensure the safety of patients, staff and visitors.

  • Assess the healthcare facility’s ability to maintain critical operations during an extended response to an active threat situation.

  • Understand the facility’s coordination and communication with healthcare facility partners during an active threat to the organization.

  • Assess the healthcare facility’s ability to share public information with relevant stakeholders in an expedient and accurate manner.

  • Evaluate the process for coordinating the hospital response with community partners within a Unified Command.​

  • Understand the respective roles, responsibilities and processes of the Hospital Incident Management Team in reporting a substantial loss of revenue to an insurer due to the disruption of a major service line.

Who Should Attend

The exercise is designed for hospital and health system staff in the following departments or positions:

  • Clinical Nursing

  • Chaplain

  • Emergency Preparedness

  • Facilities/Engineering

  • Hospital Operations

  • Information Technology

  • Media Relations

  • Patient/Visitor Advocate

  • Risk Management

  • Security 

  • Incident Command Team

Hospital leaders should determine the number of their staff who will participate.


Christopher Sonne, CHEC, Director of Emergency Management, HSS, Inc., Denver
Sonne leads a preeminent team of emergency management experts that provides training, exercises and consulting for clients across the U.S. With over 15 years of industry experience, Sonne is a nationally renowned speaker and subject matter expert on emergency management. Sonne has acted as an Exercise Director and Lead Planner for dozens of large-scale, operations-based exercises across the country. Before joining HSS, he spent more than a decade working at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was instrumental in the development of the facility’s Emergency Management and Decontamination Program. He holds several industry certifications, including Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator (CHEC), Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) instructor, and FEMA instructor and Incident Command System trainer.