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The Knox Local Emergency Planning Committee, made up of various agencies in the county met Thursday morning at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to discuss drills for a variety of disasters that could occur in Knox County.  Standing is Rick Warren from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency who led the discussion.
The Knox Local Emergency Planning Committee, made up of various agencies in the county met Thursday morning at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to discuss drills for a variety of disasters that could occur in Knox County. Standing is Rick Warren from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency who led the discussion. (Photo by Virgil Shipley) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
April 19, 2013 10:49 am EDT

 

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.

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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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