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SEVERAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCY WERE REPRESENTED AT EXERCISE

By Nate Gonner 6/13/2013

 

              SEVERAL OF OTOE COUNTY’S EMERGENCY RESPONSE ENTITIES WERE REPRESENTED THURSDAY MORNING DURING A TORNADO RESPONSE EXERCISE AT THE ROWE SAFETY COMPLEX IN NEBRASKA CITY.

 

              MEMBERS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE AND RESCUE, PUBLIC WORKS, AND NEBRASKA CITY UTILITES DISCUSSED WHAT THEIR DEPARTMENT WOULD DO IN CASE A MAJOR TORNADO WERE TO TEAR THROUGH NEBRASKA CITY.

 

              OTOE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT’S DEPUTY DIRECTOR STEVE CODY SAYS THE PURPOSE OF THESE EXERCISES IS TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS ON THE SAME PAGE, BECAUSE IN MOST SEVERE STORMS COMMUNICATION RESOURCES ARE THE FIRST TO GO DOWN.

 

              CODY AUDIO

 

              CODY SAYS HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THESE EXERCISES CONTINUE ON A QUARTERLY OR SEMI ANNUAL BASIS TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS ON THE SAME PAGE IN CASE A DISASTER STRIKES.

 

              THE GROUP SPECIFICALLY USED THE JOPLIN TORNADO TO STUDY DURING THE EXERCISE, WHICH KILLED OVER 161 PEOPLE AND INJURED OVER A THOUSAND ON MAY 22ND 2011.

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