Each year Johnson County Emergency Management is required to perform a full scale emergency exercise to test their readiness for an emergency response. This year a full scale hazardous material exercise will be performed in Kaycee on Saturday, September 22nd.
The exercise will involve Kaycee responders, EMS, the hospital, local dispatch and others. Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator, Marilyn Conley says “This will be a good practice. The EMS people will have to triage and treat and make transport decisions. The fire guys will have to decide how to decontaminate people and get them out of the hot zone. It’s just like a real live incident.”
Only a few people are privy to the exercise’s details ahead of time, so that it mirrors a real life situation. Volunteers will serve as the patients or victims of the accident.
Emergency personnel reminds residents that if you hear sirens, see emergency vehicles, or hear reports over the scanner of an accident with injuries in Kaycee on Saturday, September 22nd, it is all part of this full scale emergency response exercise.
Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator, Marilyn Conley was a recent guest on KBBS’ “Community Speaks” and spoke about this full scale exercise. You can hear that conversation here…