Mock disaster drills for EMA help

first responders hone their skills

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[June 16, 2012]     Send a link to a friend

Another incident that occurred during the mock disaster drills involved hazardous materials, specifically dangerous chemicals. Once again, first responders had to react to what they saw and take the necessary steps to assure the safety of the public and assist those who were suffering.

Pictures by Nila Smith

The "victims" suit up for their next exercise.

Though they took their roles seriously, sometimes things were just funny to the kids. One little boy quipped, "I look like a big marshmallow!"



Members of the Illinois EMA check out the scene.

Just a reminder ... .none of this is for real.


Part of the disaster training and practice focused on those who would be responsible for keeping the public informed as to what was going on.  These were the people who were working behind the scenes, gathering information and deciding how to present it so as not to cause a panic.

Because many of these things were happening inside the city of Lincoln, it would be the role of the Lincoln mayor, Keith Snyder, to lead the address to the media and share what he could about what was going on in the city.





When disasters happen, no matter where, the first priority to to tell the public as much as possible without compromising any ongoing or future criminal investigations. Here Snyder reads from a statement that has been carefully prepared to fill that requirement.


Rick Aylesworth of the Logan County Board also spoke to the media, telling them Logan County had been declared to be in a state of emergency.







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