06May2013: Massive Disaster Drill Planned at Pennsylvania Amusement Park


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(Intellihub) – The Drill will take place on May 13th at an amusement park called “Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom” in central Pennsylvania, and will involve hundreds of emergency responders from around the country.

While there is a very significant probability that this will only be a drill, it is important to get the word out about these exercises before they actually happen so people are already aware if the drill does go live.

According to a local news source:

With the terror of the Boston Marathon fresh in mind, Dorney Park& Wildwater Kingdom will be the site of a large-scale emergency preparedness drill on May 13.  The drill, sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Counter Terrorism Task Force, will center on an emergency incident at the amusement park in South Whitehall Township, replicating “a hazardous condition with multiple casualties during the peak of the park’s summer season,” according to a township news release.

“When an emergency occurs you always revert to the manner in which you have been trained, and during an emergency it’s too late to exchange business cards,” task force manager Robert G. Werts said.

“The goals of [the task force] are to provide training for emergency personnel who will respond to the dangerous conditions they confront and allow those persons to become familiar with the needs and operational abilities of other first responders prior to arriving at an actual emergency,” Werts said.

“Dorney Park is pleased to work with this group of federal, state and local agencies to assist in their training efforts,” said Jason McClure, the park’s vice president and general manager.

the article also mentioned that participants will include the South Whitehall Emergency Management Agency and police department; Lehigh Valley Hazmat/Special Operations; Cetronia Ambulance Corps and Cetronia Fire Department; Lehigh County 911; the Lehigh County coroner’s office; Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s University Health Network; and the Allentown and Bethlehem fire departments.

This may only just be a drill as they are saying it is, but these drills are important to look out for, because all too often when something goes wrong, the government is coincidentally staging a drill nearby.

Read Original: http://intellihub.com/2013/05/04/massive-disaster-drill-planned-at-pennsylvania-amusement-park-on-may-13/

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