GODFREY – Multiple area agencies are teaming up to coordinate and conduct a large-scale HazMat mass casualty exercise for first responders Friday, March 25, on the college’s Godfrey Campus.
The drill will run from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., primarily in the area around the Hatheway Cultural Center. At least a half a dozen first response and other local mutual aid companies from across the region will be participating, including: Lewis and Clark Community College’s Incident Management Team, Nursing Program and Campus Safety Department, along with the Godfrey Fire Protection District, Madison County Emergency Management Agency, Alton Memorial Hospital EMS, AVEC and the Madison County Hazardous Materials Team.
Local traffic should not be affected, and bystanders should not be alarmed to see activity on campus.
The exercise will simulate an accidental chemical spill that results in multiple injuries and will present other potential exposure concerns requiring multiple layers of interagency response in order to manage and contain it.
L&C has held disaster exercises on campus before, but not at this scale, and not involving students, who will be volunteering and learning from the simulation.
“It will be a new learning experience for students who have never experienced a complex incident before, as it is managed – sort of like a disaster academy,” said Chris Sichra, Godfrey Public Safety Administrator and L&C Campus Emergency Management Consultant. “They’ll quickly learn that while emergency scenes may appear chaotic, in reality, everything is choreographed with the same goal in mind, to save lives and mitigate the crisis.”
As there would be in the event of a real disaster, there will be an information center set up on site for any media who wish to cover the event.
For any questions about the exercise on the L&C campus, contact Marketing & Public Relations Manager/Public Information Officer Laura Inlow at (618) 468-3200 or email@example.com.
For any additional ESDA or community operational questions, contact Sichra at (314) 223-5995 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.