Officials plan for disaster

Published 3:43 am Monday, January 22, 2007

By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
It is a disaster in the making - literally.
David Adams, director of Escambia County Emergency Management Agency, is heading up a plan that will put the entire county in the middle of a manufactured disaster.
A standing-room-only meeting was held Thursday afternoon to plan a drill that will test the response of emergency workers, public and private.
At the close of Thursday afternoon's meeting in Flomaton, officials began making plans for a mock disaster to take place sometime in mid-April.
Helms, who has 25 years experience in emergency management, is heading up a team of consultants trained to perform such drills to test the response ability of emergency personnel.
The drill is being planned in response to requirements of counties across the state made by the Department of Homeland Security.
Helms said the emergency could be planned from a variety of viewpoints.
Specific times, locations and manufactured emergency information will be held in secret until drill is called.
Area agencies represented at Thursday's meeting included personnel from Brewton Police and Fire Departments, Escambia County Sheriff's Department, D.W. McMillan Hospital Ambulance Service, Flomaton Police and Fire Departments, Atmore Police and Fire Department, Escambia County Volunteer Fire Fighters, Escambia County Rescue Department, Escambia County Search and Rescue team, Kelley's Ambulance Service, Poarch Creek Indians Police Department and Poarch Creek Indians Tribal officials.

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