Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

August 2, 2013

Mock drill tests EMS response

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Law, fire, medical and emergency management personnel converged on the Appanoose County Fairgrounds Thursday evening in response to a mock disaster drill.

At approximately 6:05 p.m. a make-believe tornado touched down at the fairgrounds and caused multiple injuries and some fatalities.

Personnel on the scene went from building to building looking for the injured. Many victims were found with various injuries near the food court area.

Just east of the food court area were Briley Sheldon, 11, who was lying on her back in the grass with a broken ankle and near to her was Lindsie Kelley, 24,who was sitting on a bench eight months pregnant with abdominal pain, headache and a piece of glass sticking out of her right arm.

The goals listed in the press release announcing the drill was "to provide training for emergency and hospital personnel as they confront and manage the large number of patients. The team wants to make sure that EMS is capable of categorizing patients according to injury from most critical to the least critical at the scene and insure that patients with urgent needs are taken care of first."

The drill was sponsored by Mercy Medical Center.

The Appanoose County Sheriff's office, Centerville Fire Department and Police Department, Mercy Ambulance, Mystic Fire and EMS, Moravia Fire and Rescue, Moulton Ambulance, Moravia Fire Department, Mystic Fire Department, Moulton Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management.