A full scale HAZMAT/Emergency Management drill will be happening Saturday morning in Buffalo, so residents need to be aware of the exercise and understand it is only a drill.
Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator Marilyn Connolly describes what the emergency will be based on.
Connolly said emergency first responders such as the Buffalo Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff, County and City Fire, ambulance, as well as the National Guard and other officials will be responding to the drill, using it as a training and communications drill
to measure how well emergency responders handle this type of situation.
The county has what is called a Hazardous Material Emergency Operating Plan, and this exercise is designed to test that plan and adjust it based on the outcome of this response drill.
The drill is scheduled to begin at about 9am Saturday and will be focused in the Stockyard Road area between South Bypass Road and TW Road. Barricades will be placed at South Bypass and TW Roads with signs saying there is a drill in progress.
The public is cautioned to please avoid that area during the drill, which is expected to take the morning to complete, but the Wyoming National Guard is expected to take most of the afternoon to complete their portion of the drill.
Sheridan Media will have updates throughout the morning Saturday to keep the public informed on the status of the drill.