Annual disaster preparedness drill set for Thursday


Dispatch Staff Reports



Lowndes County will conduct its annual disaster preparedness drill Thursday starting at 8 a.m. 


The drill will be held at Propst Park in Columbus, 2535 Main St., and Long-Term Health Care Facilities, according to a Columbus Lowndes County Emergency Management press release.  


The release said the drill will test the county's response to a tornado disaster with numerous casualties. As a part of the drill, all tornado sirens will activate Thursday morning. This drill will allow multiple agencies to practice disaster planning in emergency situations.  


"Preparedness exercises are effective in familiarizing personnel with emergency plans, allowing different agencies to practice working together, and identifying gaps and shortcomings in disaster planning," said Lowndes County Emergency Management Director Cindy Lawrence. 


It will also test communications between emergency agencies, state and volunteer agencies. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, Mississippi University for Women and other health care facilities will be participating in the drill.




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