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Emergency Responders In Mon County Prepare For Disaster
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on March 28, 2013 @ 11:45AM
Created on March 27, 2013 @ 7:32PM
At first glance with all the police officers, and emergency officials it appeared there was some sort of disaster Wednesday afternoon in Monongalia County.
There was even a press conference to make the situation all the more dire.
"The Mon County Health Department Officials believe there's been a serious biological incident regarding a widespread biological release in Mon County," Susan Sullivan, the public information officer with the City of Morgantown, said during the press conference.
Luckily, it was all just a drill. That way emergency officials could sharpen their skills just incase a situation like that were to actually happen.
"Being the size we are, with the transient population we have, there is that possibility of a medical outbreak that we would need to be prepared for," Mike Wolfe, Director of MECCA 9-1-1, said.
If a scenario like Wednesday's situation had actually taken place folks would have been directed to go to the Mylan Park Expo Center. That's where they would be given more specific instructions.
"When you've got 15,000 people trying to come to one place it's important that each of those people know where to go," Sullivan said.
The drill on Wednesday gave first responders a chance to evaluate their own work.
Wolfe said for the most part he pleased. However, he said they learned there's still things they need to improve.
"The biggest thing is always communication," Wolfe said. "You want to make sure everyone is always on the same page and you want to make sure we can effectively get that information out to the public."
Officials also suggested during the time of an emergency it would be a good idea to tune into 5 News. That's because we're passing out vital information you need to know.

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