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Cedar County Full Scale Disaster Exercise This Saturday

Posted: 24 April, 2013

HARTINGTON - Cedar County Emergency Management is coordinating the Cedar County Full Scale Disaster Exercise that will be held in Hartington, NE on Saturday April 27, 2013 beginning at approximately 10 a.m.
Emergency Responders from all disciplines of Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Management have been invited to participate from each community in Cedar County. The intent is to allow responders to practice their skills and exercise our emergency plans in a simulated setting that mirrors real life conditions as closely as possible. Participants will respond just as they would if it were an actual emergency.
This allows us to adjust our plans, identify the need for additional training, and learn from the event so that when the real situation happens we do not make critical mistakes that could cost people their lives. The skills utilized by our emergency responders are a perishable commodity that must be practiced routinely in order to be maintained.
To keep some element of reality to the exercise, participants are not given the exact location or exact scenario until their pagers go off at the start of the exercise. The scenario will involve multiple medical victims, and situations that will require intervention by the Fire Departments as well.
All Cedar County Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement Agencies have been invited to participate in addition to local elected officials, the Nebraska State Patrol, Mercy Air Care and LifeNet Air Medical.
The local Boy Scout troop working on their Emergency Preparedness merit badge will be participating. The Nebraska HHS Emergency Medical Services Division and the University of Nebraska HEROS project staff will be assisting the local exercise design team during the exercise.
To help keep everyone safe some streets and roadways may be blocked off during the exercise and a separate observation area will be established for anyone not involved with the exercise that wishes to observe.
The exercise will last approximately three hours from start to finish.

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