Ross Emergency Management Emergency Exercise Set for this Wednesday Morning

The Ross County Emergency Management Agency/Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is sponsoring a full-scale exercise this Wednesday, April 26th at four separate locations in the Chillicothe area.

This exercise will provide local participants with an opportunity to assess capabilities, plans, policies, and procedures regarding a simulated emergency. It will focus on decision-making, coordination, and integration with other organizations during a hazardous materials release. The expected outcome of the exercise is to better Ross County first responder coordination, and to increase communication and support for emergency operations.

Scenario: A tanker truck stopped at an intersection is leaking something, and it is making a white mist that is causing people’s eyes to burn. In addition to the chemical release, the incident will simulate the injury of persons nearby and these simulated persons will need to be decontaminated, triaged, and treated.

The exercise will be occurring at four separate locations in the Chillicothe area:

1. Ross Co Service Center - 475 Western Ave, Chillicothe

2. Chillicothe VA Medical Center - 17273 OH-104, Chillicothe

3. Adena Regional Medical Center - 272 Hospital Rd, Chillicothe

4. American Red Cross South Central Ohio Chapter - 181 N. Bridge St., Chillicothe

If you are in the area on Wednesday, April 26, and see first responder vehicles, remember this is only an exercise and not a real event. For more information on this exercise, contact Ross County Emergency Management Agency at 740-773-1700.

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