Practicing Emergency Preparedness

“First responders from 12 agencies were dispatched to an emergency exercise at the Pendleton Grain Growers, Inc. (PGG) Feedville, Ore., location. The exercise participants responded to a dispatch call of an incident that involved the widely used agricultural product, anhydrous ammonia”.

This is a great example of applying an emergency situation relevant to an industry and preparing a response plan. PGG and Good Shepherd Hospital remind us that it’s not enough to simply have an emergency response plan, but that practicing that plan is the best way to ensure that it will be well-executed in case of an actual emergency. More importantly, this practice exercise was done on a large scale that reflects what the disaster would be if it were real. Practice emergency management should mirror a real emergency management situation as much as possible in order to have successful emergency response.