Disaster to befall Burlingame during multi-agency emergency exercise

Osage County Emergency Management is sponsoring a full-scale emergency exercise on Oct. 11, 2014, at Burlingame, Kan. This exercise will provide participants with an opportunity to assess capabilities, plans, policies, and procedures. It will focus on decision-making, coordination, and integration with other organizations during a high wind, hazardous materials, auto accident, and search and rescue event.

The expected outcome of the exercise is to evaluate Osage County emergency agency response to a disaster, mutual aid response and communications, and to strengthen interagency coordination and cooperation.

The scenario involves a severe thunderstorm with winds of 70 mph that has passed through the west and north side of Burlingame. In the exercise injuries and property damage with victims trapped are reported in Burlingame, along with a chemical leak.

Participants include Kansas Division of Emergency Management, Osage County Sheriff’s Office and dispatch center, Osage County Emergency Medical Services, Osage County Road and Bridge Department, Osage County Health Department, Osage County fire districts 1,2,3,5, and 6, Burlingame Police Department, Osage City Police Department, Lyndon Police Department, Overbrook Police Department, city of Burlingame, school districts 420, 454 and 456, Allen County Community College, Franklin County Emergency Management, and Wabaunsee County Emergency Management.

For more information, contact Osage County emergency management coordinator Bryce Romine at 785-828-3323.


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