Madison County Tests Emergency Preparedness

Madison County Tests Emergency Preparedness

An annual test of emergency preparedness for possible chemical leaks was held in Madison and surrounding counties Wednesday.
The Bluegrass Army Depot is a stronghold for many chemical weapons waiting to be demilitarized.

But if those gases ever escape, Madison County (and those surrounding it) want to be prepared.

County, state, and federal officials all gathered for an annual event to test the efficiency of procedures taken in those counties Wednesday.

As schools went on lock-down, hospitals simulated decontamination efforts.

All the while, representatives of government practiced handling the scenario.

Officials say participation in these efforts allows them to practice for more likely disturbances.

"We practice this kind of accident at the depot--which is a very unlikely event--but the same practice applies whether it's an ice storm, tornado, a flood...these are the principles you use for all disasters," said Madison County Emergency Manager Carl Richards.

Emergency management suggests families take part as well--create a kit, make a plan, and practice that plan in case something happens.
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