Emergency responders participated in an exercise at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 27993 Detroit Road, on Saturday, August 16.
The exercise was a simulated emergency involving a fictional severe storm and tornado resulting in mass casualties.
The purpose of the event is to validate and improve community's response to a crisis situation.
The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response team worked to size-up and develop objectives, strategies, and tactics, search and rescue, test logistics, communications, and planning functions, and provide first aid to volunteers who are pretended to be victims.
Although the emergency was not real, the response was as realistic as possible.
It is highly advised that each household prepare for an emergency by owning a first-aid and supplies kit, making a plan, and getting informed.
Experts say gathering supplies to meet basic needs, discussing what to do during an emergency with your family in advance, and by being aware of the risks and appropriate actions, you will be better prepared for the unexpected and, ultimately, help better prepare your community and the country.
To learn more about preparedness activities visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY. You can also visit the Westshore Regional CERT at www.westshorecert.org.
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