Jun 8, 2011
From staff reports
The Athens County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) has scheduled a functional training exercise for Friday at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens and Doctors Hospital in Nelsonville.
Residents in and around these locations are asked not to panic or be alarmed. The affected area will include the area around each hospital campus.
The required annual training exercise will be taking place between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon and is an essential part in testing the response capability within the county, while providing the best possible safety services for our residents.
Residents are also asked to be aware that during the exercise, you may see considerable emergency response activity. This may include the potential for members of emergency service agencies to exercise their capability to warn residents of a potential emergency situation. This could be accomplished by using a public address system, door-to-door notification, or the use of telephone calling systems. If you are located in a vulnerable area to the scenario, then you may receive any or all of these warnings in the form of "This is an exercise."
Exercising is the principal means of testing a county's ability to implement its response procedures. It allows people to practice their procedures and interact with other agencies in a controlled setting, which improves the overall emergency management system.
The objectives that will be achieved by this exercise include: Communications; Incident Command; Traffic and Access Control and Hospital Services.
For an exercise of this scale to be fully effective takes the cooperation of the public. Any persons wanting more information on the exercise may contact EMA Director Fred Davis at 740-594-2261.