Nichole Hannahs

Preparing for Real Life Disasters

by Nichole Hannahs on April 11, 2014 at 6:50 am

Officials from all stages of emergency response play out what could be a real life scenario.

The Emergency Management Agency hosted this table top disaster drill once a year. This year’s scenario builds on a drill they did last year. In it there are victims hurt in the river and a tanker that’s leaking.

All agencies work together to then figure out how to secure the area, rescue the victims and inform the public.

"It’s a learning experience, "said Muskingum County Emergency Management Director Bo Keck. "There’s no right or wrong way of what we are going to be doing. When we’re all done it will give us a chance to say maybe we should have done this or maybe we should have done that."

Scenarios like this one prepare the county for real life situations like the wild animal release in 2011.

"A lot of what we learned in these drills we implemented there," explained Keck. "We brought in the communications trailer. We set up a command post. We set up a media area. These are all things we’ve learned through drills like this."

A state official is on hand to evaluate the county on their work. Agencies involved in the drill included the Zanesville Police and Fire Departments, Red Cross, Health Department, Mayor and County Commissioners.