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When the residents of Kenton begin their daily schedule Saturday morning, May 19, they may hear blaring sirens and see multi-colored emergency lights.
The Hardin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will conduct a full-scale mock disaster beginning at 10 a.m. at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. The mock disaster will provide first responders within Hardin County an opportunity to practice with various county agencies responding to emergencies.
In the planned scenario, the incident will be a motor vehicle accident involving a vehicle and a tanker truck. The accident results in a chemical release into a nearby stream possibly affecting human and livestock population. There are multiple injuries – some with exposure to the chemical. This scenario was selected for the mock disaster because it provides a true representation of a possible multi-victim event in the rural areas of Hardin County.
The mock disaster will require the coordination of many agencies. Hardin County’s fire departments and emergency medical services squads will play a vital role in the mock disaster. Other agencies include the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, all Hardin County law enforcement, HazMat Team, Hardin Memorial Hospital, county engineer, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Department of Transportation, Kenton-Hardin Health Department, Hardin County Emergency Management and the Red Cross.
The public is welcome to watch the drill, but the responders will also be directing people as if the emergency was real. On scene officers may request you to return to your homes and take shelter in place as described. Please simulate these actions at the responders’ request. The scenario intent is to make this drill as realistic as possible.
If you have any questions, contact the EMA office at 419-674-2276 or the Local Emergency Planning Committee at 419-674-2392.