Disaster Drill in Etowah County
Just after 8:00 this morning, a tornado touched down in Rainbow City and destroyed two businesses. While emergency crews were responding to the tornado, another call came in about a wreck involving a bus and a truck hauling hazardous materials. That was the scenario faced by first responders today as the Gadsden-Etowah County EMA conducted a live action disaster drill. The drill tested the ability of local agencies to respond to multiple events occurring at the same time. Numerous agencies participated in the drill which included decontamination of victims involved in the bus wreck, the transportation of patients to both local hospitals and the full activation of the EMA’s Emergency Operations Center. EMA officials will conduct a full post event briefing, but say they are happy with the initial results of the drill. Local EMA’s conduct these disaster drills on a regular basis to make sure that all local agencies are on the same page with their emergency responses and to expose any problems that can be corrected before a real emergency incident happens.