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County Officials to Participate in Disaster Exercise

August 21, 2015 - 11:37 AM

MOUNT VERNON-Knox County officials will get an idea of how well local emergency workers in the county respond to a natural disaster with a hazardous materials emergency, when it stages its annual disaster exercise August 25, 2015, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Knox County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and Knox County Emergency Management is sponsoring the exercise, which will involve police and fire departments, emergency medical teams, and Knox Community Hospital, as well as Central Ohio Farmer Co-Op's own industrial emergency team, reacting to a simulated release of hazardous materials.

The LEPC intentionally simulated a much larger incident than possible to ensure that all facets of the County's plan can be practiced and evaluated. The Central Ohio Farmer Co-Op volunteered for the hazardous materials site so they could also evaluate their response if an emergency were to occur at their facility. Door hangers have been placed on houses surrounding the Central Ohio Farmer Co-Op to alert residents that there may be increased local First Responder Traffic, as well as simulated smoke in and around the COFC. Live drills will also be happening at Knox Community Hospital and a shelter will be set up at the Apostolic Christian Church by the American Red Cross.

A Joint Information Center (JIC) is also being established in conjunction with this exercise. JIC participants will include members from Knox Community Hospital, Knox County Health Department, and Knox County Prosecutor's Office.
Other participants in the exercise include the Knox County Amateur Radio, Knox County 9-1-1, Knox County Commissioners, Knox County Coroner, Knox County Engineer’s Office, Knox County Health Department, Knox County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Licking County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Mount Vernon Fire Department, Mount Vernon Police Department, Mount Vernon Salvation Army, Fredericktown EMS, Fredericktown Police Department, and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
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