Emergency Exercise Wednesday at Jacobson Park

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – September is National Preparedness Month and as part of its county-wide preparedness effort, Lexington’s Division of Emergency Management, along with other public safety, health and medical, transportation and social service agencies, will conduct a disaster exercise at Jacobson Park on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

The exercise will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. and will conclude by 2:00p.m. Jacobson Park will be closed to the public that morning.  There will be increased traffic in the area of the park that will include police and fire department vehicles as well as Lextran buses.

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The Lexington exercise is part of a ten-county Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) activity that will simulate an accident involving chemical agents stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot.

“We conduct trainings and smaller exercises throughout the year, but this annual exercise gives all of the parties involved in CSEPP a chance to work together and test the various response actions that would be used if there was a real emergency,” said Patricia Dugger, Director of Lexington Emergency Management. “We will have more than one hundred Lexington public safety staff involved in this exercise as well as members of social service and health care agencies.”

The Lexington emergency operations center will coordinate Fayette County exercise activities, while other county emergency and public safety agencies will participate in the exercise in several locations.  The Madison County Emergency Management agency will coordinate exercise activities there as well as at the Blue Grass Army Depot.

More information about CSEPP and emergency preparedness is available from the Lexington Emergency Management website: BeReadyLexington.com. Information is also available on the DEM Facebook page – LexingtonKYEM – and also on Twitter – @lexkyem.

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