MOUNT VERNON — Disaster struck Howard Thursday, but nobody in the town noticed because it was only in the form of a “table top” exercise conducted by the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Knox Emergency Management Agency Director Mark Maxwell explained that because full-scale, live exercises are expensive, they are only required once in each four-year cycle. Partial live exercises or simulated full-scale exercises like Thursday’s can be substituted in other years.
Maxwell explained that the object is to make sure the plans that are in place work as expected in an emergency scenario and that any problems with the plan are exposed so changes can be made.
Rick Warren, a representative of the Ohio EMA, presided over the exercise, giving the assembled group the initial scenario, then adding factors as time goes on, just as might happen in a real emergency.
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