Mock Disaster Set for Friday Afternoon

October 2, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Charlie Parker

A mock disaster will be staged Friday afternoon, October 4 at DeKalb County High School and DeKalb Community Hospital.

Charlie Parker, local Emergency Management Agency Coordinator, said the DeKalb County Emergency Planning Committee is having local emergency responders conduct this exercise around 1:00 p.m.. Since the drill will take place after school, no students will be present. Friday, October 4 is an early release date for pupils in the school system.

Parker said this advanced notice is being made so that the public will not be alarmed when they hear sirens and see flashing red and blue lights the afternoon of the drill.

The purpose of the Local Emergency Planning Committee is to analyze, plan, prepare, and mitigate for disasters both natural and manmade that could potentially occur in our county. The Local LEPC is comprised of the combined efforts of city and county elected officials, law enforcement, emergency management, fire departments, EMS, Rescue Squad, hospital, nursing home, utilities, business, industry, media, Red Cross, school system, churches, and civic organizations. This committee meets on a regular basis to work on plans, share information and conduct exercises to make a safer and stronger community.

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