evacuation drill readies area for possible accident
from herald-dispatch: Emergency officials learned a few lessons and demonstrated an ability to organize and establish a mass evacuation comfort station on Tuesday at KineticPark... Tuesday's scenario involved a dirty bomb exploding in Washington, D.C., forcing millions to evacuate. Emergency officials believe such an evacuation would overwhelm the state's infrastructure.
emergency drill in west virginia
from wowk-tv: The Cabell County Office of Emergency Services was activated early Tuesday morning to participate in an emergency drill. More than 20 West Virginia Counties particpated. First responders had to set up a comfort station in order to take care of thousands who theoretically had to evacuate Washington D.C. due to a dirty bomb explosion.
dirty bomb disaster drill held across the state
from cbs59: Emergency crews across the country started participating in a drill Tuesday morning. The test was to help prepare for possible terrorist attacks on Washington D.C. The massive evacuation would cause an influx of people into the Mountain State. Greenbrier County's Deputy Emergency Operations, Al Whitaker says about a tank of gas will get evacuees to Lewisburg. But handling crowds is something they practice every year during the state fair. Crews focused on testing Internet and radio communications through all EOC systems. This is the second year West Virginia has participated in the drill.
drill tests wv's readiness to host evacuees
from examiner: Emergency officials are testing West Virginia's ability to host thousands of potential East Coast evacuees. Officials in 25 counties are participating in the two-day drill that's designed to test the state's ability to receive, help and send evacuees on their way to safer locations. The effort is part of a national preparedness drill and is to end Wednesday. State Homeland Security spokesman Joe Thornton says the drill will help identify gaps in West Virginia's emergency response plans. Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary James Spears has said the state has to be ready if a disaster hits the nation's capital or East Coast population centers. Thornton says officials from Maryland, Ohio and Virginia are observing West Virginia's drill.
wv conducts improbable, expensive terror exercise
from west virginia holler: "The sky is falling, the sky is falling"; Homeland Security plays 'Chicken Little' again, at the cost of West Virginia taxpayers. The probability of this happening is microscopic! See our previous article, OVERBLOWN, to put all this into more rational perspective.
dirty bomb exercise tests wv's emergency services
from cecelia mason: The scenario: A dirty bomb falls somewhere in the Washington D.C. area. Thousands of people evacuate to West Virginia. The state Homeland Security Department staged a major exercise yesterday to test whether West Virginia can handle such a scenario.