Law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel will all come together in Washington for a full-scale emergency disaster drill Saturday. Washington County Emergency Management Coordinator Marissa Reisen tells KCII News that the drill will be Saturday morning at the Kirkwood Washington Regional Center and may include Air Care. She explains why full scale disaster drills are necessary for local responders, “We don’t want the first time people, our responders are working together to be in a real disaster. We want them to be able to work together and figure out everybody else’s protocols, procedures before an actual disaster would hit. So this is a great way to get that interaction and practice. I mean, if you’re playing baseball, you’re playing football you practice before your games, so that’s the same thought process.”
The scenario for the exercise has not been shared so responders will be in the same mindset as real disasters and unable to plan ahead of time. The drill is a training exercise for emergency responders, and the public is asked to avoid the area from approximately 9 a.m. to noon. Reisen adds that if a real emergency or disaster occurs then the drill will be stopped and emergency crews will respond to assist those in need.