Friday, August 14, 2009

Disaster Drill Planned For Regional Airport

The Putnam County Local Emergency Planning Committee will be conducting a disaster drill this weekend in cooperation with emergency officials in White County. On Saturday morning, August 15, there will be a countywide, full-scale disaster exercise held at the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport. Emergency responders from Putnam and White counties will practice responding to the airport after a plane has crashed during a crowded air show performance. The goal of this drill is to practice rescuing, stabilizing, transporting, and treating a large volume of patients at one time during adverse conditions. City and County agencies along with Cookeville Regional Medical Center and White County Community Hospital will participate in the drill. Many emergency vehicles will be around the airport and between the two hospitals, but the public should not be alarmed. Tommy Copeland, Local Emergency Planning Committee Chairman and Putnam County EMS Assistant Director, says they are asking for everyone to avoid the immediate area from 8:30 until 11:30 that morning so the practice session will not be hindered. He says, quote, "While we hope there is never an incident at the airport, with the regularly scheduled air shows and increased usage of the regional facility we would like to be prepared should an unfortunate event take place."