Muskingum County is prepping for disaster.
The emergency management agency held a disaster drill table top exercise Thursday. The EMA must complete one every year to meet state guidelines. The drill was centered around a mock scenario involving a chemical leak in downtown Zanesville. In addition to EMA participants, local law enforcement, fire agencies and elected officials all took part in the simulated hazmat incident.
"The purpose of this event is to make sure we're ready. That we're prepared, it's part of our planning process to make sure that we know how to handle this type of situation or any situation and to let the state know that we're ready," said EMA Director, Bo Keck.
Although these agencies consult each other during an emergency, taking this time to prep with everyone in the same room makes it easier to handle a situation of this magnitude if it ever does arise.
"That's what it's all about we're trying all to learn and we found different things that we didn't even think of as they put this thing together and that's what it's all about because we all have to think on the fly, we have to be able to make quick decisions and try to make the right decisions we have to do them as a group," said Keck.
A hands on drill takes place every four years so sometime in the next three years, the agencies will actually perform what they learned.