On September 16, 2017 Mineral County Emergency Management in conjunction with first responders and Potomac Valley Hospital will be participating in a regional exercise. This years scenario is based around a large earthquake that causes a train derailment on the north end of Keyser blocking all of the crossings from across the tracks into downtown.

Mineral County Emergency Management to Host Full Scale Exercise

 

On September 16, 2017 Mineral County Emergency Management in conjunction with first responders and Potomac Valley Hospital will be participating in a regional exercise. This years scenario is based around a large earthquake that causes a train derailment on the north end of Keyser blocking all of the crossings from across the tracks into downtown.

Although the exercise will not involve an actual derailment and traffic will be flowing normally, things will look a little different across the tracks on this day. First responders from numerous Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Law Enforcement departments will be on scene doing mock evacuations and evacuating “patients” from the area. Actors will be staged all around the north end waiting for help from first responders. Please do not be alarmed by all of the additional personnel, we are simply working to provide a safer Mineral County.

In addition to the scenario across the tracks Potomac Valley Hospital will also be receiving “patients” via walk in and ambulance as part of the exercise. During the exercise all business will be conducted normally and real world emergencies will take priority and be handled accordingly.

The Mineral County Office of Emergency Management and 911 will also have a fully activated Emergency Operations Center as well as additional personnel on hand to deal with the extra radio traffic in 911.

please contact the Mineral County Office of Emergency Management at (304)788-1821 and press 0 at the voice message if you have any questions or concerns. Mineral County Emergency Management is always working hard to ensure that Mineral County is and continues to be a safe and disaster resilient place to live.