The sirens wail at noon, but skies are clear and there is no sign of disastrous weather.
Today, the emergency is only imaginary as key emergency officials rush to Emory Adventist Hospital on South Cobb Drive, where they go to work in a new emergency operations center.
“The scenario progresses until there is moderate damage to one corner of the hospital and the hospital has to evacuate patients,” explains Assistant Smyrna Fire Chief Roy Acree, who says this is part of a much wider preparedness effort that is strongly encouraged by the federal government. This “Prepare-a-thon” includes schools and even businesses as Smyrna becomes a poster child for local emergency readiness.
More than 100 emergency officials and volunteers, many of them made up to depict tornado victims with life-threatening injuries, take part in this exercise which lasts most of Friday. In spite of the drill, Acree predicts emergency services will quickly be overwhelmed in a disaster like the one being simulated here. He suggests everyone be prepared with enough food, water and medical supplies to survive at least 72 hours without any help from emergency responders.
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