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We have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful parents and their kiddos at CAK, and this week was no exception. Another successful Moms' Tour is in the books! Thanks to all who participated!
Posted on May 05, 2009 4:13 pm by in General
I just participated in the mother of all disaster drills at CAK. More than 400 emergency response personnel and volunteers gathered at CAK last Wednesday. Our goal: to test our coordinated effort to effectively and efficiently respond to a big disaster.
Todd Laps, our manager of all things safety and security, did an excellent job of pulling together 50 agencies from throughout the greater Akron/ Canton area to respond to a mock emergency. He worked closely with Summit and Stark county emergency management teams, Green Fire and EMS, the Red Cross, the Summit and Stark County Sheriff's departments and a whole host of other groups.
Testing our ability to communicate with each other (remember 50 agencies) was a big goal. Let me just tell ya, it's hard to communicate with 50 employees let alone 50 distinct agencies across multiple governmental lines! Well, all in all, I think we did well. Pretend victims were moved to local hospitals quickly, the pretend families were accommodated, the press was briefed and there were no big miscues. I for one learned a ton from this exercise. And in the end, that is the biggest benefit of these drills. We get better and better every time.
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