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Disaster drill pleases officials

September 7th, 2011 12:00 pm by Contributed to the Press

A “full-scale exercise” centered around a hypothetical release of nerve gas at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray Wednesday morning went well, Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency officials report.
The exercise was designed to test the capabilities and coordination of local emergency responders during a situation that would involve transport of the area’s “Chempack” container to a local hospital and the evaluation and treatment of victims.
“Based on what I saw during the exercise, our local partners did a very good job of responding, cooperating and dealing with the situation,” EMA Director Nes Levotch said.
Levotch said participants met Wednesday afternoon to share their initial assessments of how smoothly the exercise went. Those comments will be compiled and an “after-action review” will be completed during the next several weeks.
When that review is completed, it will contain more specific information about what did and didn’t go well during the exercise. It will also offer suggestions for improvement. That document will be available to the media.
For more information, call Jeff Keeling, Washington County communications director, at 773-6438.

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