Coming up in May, Public Health Offices all over the State will be conducting drills for a possible “biological event” to understand how prepared the state is and how to better prepare in the future.
Locally, Johnson County Public Health will be conducting the drill along with the help of County Emergency Management Coordinator Marilyn Connolly and agencies like Buffalo EMS, police, sheriff, fire department and road and bridge as well as others .The drill is scheduled for Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15.
Janet Jones, Registered Nurse with Johnson County Public Health, explains more about the type of event the drill will prepare them for.
Volunteers will be needed to help with staging medicines, moving materials, helping with affected persons, or to role play as a victim, nurse, doctor, pharmacist or a number of other community members. Volunteers can commit from 2 hours up to 2 days, depending on their schedule.
Jones said the better prepared the agencies are to deal with these types of events, the better the community will be if something should happen here.
More information on the drill will be coming in the next few weeks, she said.
To volunteer, or for more information, contact Janet Jones or Robin King at Public Health at 684-2564 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org