|WCSI Local News|
Emergency responders from Bartholomew, Brown and Jackson counties are among a handful of counties taking part in a full-scale disaster response exercise going on now through Thursday at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is leading the exercise that simulates severe weather sweeping through a town in Indiana, including an EF3 tornado, damaging winds and heavy rainfall that results in localized flooding.
Officials say the week-long exercise includes about 800 role players, responders and exercise control and evaluation staff.
The Muscatatuck Urban Training Center is designed to reflect a realistic disaster setting and includes flooded homes, debris-littered streets, 120 structures of many types and survivors in need of medical attention. It allows all aspects of the response effort to be executed and evaluated without placing any lives at risk.
Each Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) district response task force is comprised of volunteer emergency responders who dedicate their free time to support other emergency response agencies around the state. When a disaster stretches beyond the scope of a local emergency response agency, local officials can ask the IDHS task forces for support. The task forces comprise of Emergency Medical Services, Law Enforcement, an All Hazards Incident Management Team, a Service and Support section and Fire Suppression.
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 7:13:14 AM
WCSI Radio • Mailing Address: P.O. 1789 Columbus, IN 47202 • Studio: 3212 Washington Street
• Columbus, IN 47203