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Representatives of Children’s Services and the Creative Foundations Coffee Club visited the Knox County Commissioners on Thursday to hear the county commissioners issue a statement proclaiming March as Developmental Disability Awareness Month in Knox County. Commissioner Thom Collier holds Dante Sheridan, who at 23 months is one of the youngest clients of DD programs in the county. Also with Collier and Commissioner Teresa Bemiller are, from left, Cole Stricker, People First President Tami Grogg, Kristie Wooden, Katelyn James and Rose Fegley.
Representatives of Children’s Services and the Creative Foundations Coffee Club visited the Knox County Commissioners on Thursday to hear the county commissioners issue a statement proclaiming March as Developmental Disability Awareness Month in Knox County. Commissioner Thom Collier holds Dante Sheridan, who at 23 months is one of the youngest clients of DD programs in the county. Also with Collier and Commissioner Teresa Bemiller are, from left, Cole Stricker, People First President Tami Grogg, Kristie Wooden, Katelyn James and Rose Fegley. (Photo by Chuck Martin) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
March 8, 2013 9:55 am EST

 

MOUNT VERNON — Emergency Management Agency Director Mark Maxwell and Safety and Loss Control Director Emily Marth told the county commissioners that the tornado drill Wednesday showed that some additional staff training is needed. Marth said some officials expressed concern that people weren’t trained to use emergency equipment, such as the defibrillators. Others were unsure where to go if they couldn’t make it to the basement.

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Marth said the defibrillator training is included in the CPR classes her office arranges, she is planning to schedule fire extinguisher training with the city fire department, and employees should know to go to the “most secure” interior locations, such as a stairwell, and away from glass, in the event of a tornado.

Maxwell talked about a training class he attended Wednesday at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy on shooter training for educators. He said some of the response plans colleges are looking at may be applicable to public buildings such as the county Service Center.

He also said a response plan needs to be in place for how an armed intruder will be dealt with.

Marth said the committee she has put together has begun to look at security issues, but they’ll wait until Commissioner Roger Reed returns from vacation to discuss them.

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