Multiple Counties Gather For Readiness Training In Mansfield

  • 9/11/2018 2:51:25 PM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH -  Multiple agencies in Richland County and surrounding counties gathered together on Tuesday to increase readiness in the event of an emergency in the area. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) lead the days training activities. Representatives from hospitals, medical clinics, dialysis centers, long-term care centers, nursing homes, home health aides, community health workers, and public personnel attended the training sessions.

The event's goal was to provide participating agencies with a chance to evaluate and improve their emergency readiness plans in a community disaster scenario and to share best practices. 

Local coalition leaders included Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Bailey, Richland County Health Department's Public Health Nurse Susan McFarren, OhioHealth's Emergency Manager Michael Hildreth, and Third Street Family Health Services. 

"Every step that we make towards safety preparedness, we honor the community in which we serve." David Cunningham, Saftey and Emergency Management Coordinator, said. "We need to find a way in which to take and prepare ourselves to be in assistance to our own communities."

The agencies faced a scenario where a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the local community. A downtown festival has stranded additional people on the streets, and one six-story office building had partially collapsed. Schools were already released for the day, and hospitals were filling up quickly. 

Everyone had to gather together and make an immediate response plan to combat the disaster. In the scnario, outside support was not expected for 36-48 hours, causing the agencies to think fast and make quick decisions. 

Communication was stressed throughout the exercise to keep lines of communication open between different agencies. 

The training was hosted by the Richland County Partners of Preparedness (RCPP). 


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