Valley agencies hold emergency drill today

The city of Stillwater, Washington County, Lakeview Hospital and St. Croix Boat and Packet Co. will conduct a joint large-scale emergency preparedness exercise starting at 4:30 p.m. today on the St. Croix River.

The exercise scenario involves a paddleboat accident with volunteers playing roles as wedding guests on board the boat.  Some will portray injured patients awaiting rescue, transport and care at hospitals on both sides of the river. Other volunteerss will portray non-injured and be brought to a Family Assistance Center where they will be cared for and reunited with loved ones.

The exercise is an example of networking and preparing for an actual emergency with numerous responding agencies, businesses and hospitals. Agencies from St. Croix County, Wis., will also participate in this exercise.

Exercise objectives include:

n Unified incident command between responding agencies and business (St. Croix Boat & Packet Co.);

n Rescue operations involving fire departments and dive teams;

n Recovery operations involving the Sheriff’s Office and its dive teams;

n Care/transport of injured to hospitals by emergency medical services ambulances;

n Emergency medical care at hospitals;

n Security by law enforcement agencies, and

n Family Assistance Center operation by emergency management, community services, American Red Cross and Medical Reserve Corps

Today’s exercise allows businesses, first responders and hospitals to maintain a level of preparedness when an actual event takes place.

The city, county and Lakeview Hospital extend thanks and their appreciation to the St. Croix Boat & Packet Co. for their participation in this event, as well as folks who have volunteered their time to role-play in this event.

This exercise is being conducted in association with Emergency Preparedness Resource Group LLC.

September is National Preparedness month. Visit www.fema.gov for more information on ways to prepare for emergencies.

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