Floyd Medical Center will conduct an outdoor training exercise today,  Thursday, March 3, that will involve a cast of actors and theatrics in the recreation of a mass casualty disaster.

Designed to test and prepare health care workers who may be asked to respond in an emergency, the exercise will be staged at the rear of the Floyd Corporate Support Center near the loading dock facing East First Avenue.

Actors in this role-play program will wear theatrical makeup designed to indicate serious wounds and injuries, and trainees will be providing a proper medical response to the pretend situation. Because the exercise will involve theatrical smoke and noise, businesses in the area and public safety officials are being notified in advance.

Planned and executed by the Georgia Department of Community Health and instructed by disaster response professionals from Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control, the outdoor training event is the culmination of three days of training.