Lee/Ogle counties to have multi-agency drill at unnamed site
Several volunteers will create a mock weather disaster May 8 in Lee and Ogle counties.
The Lee/Ogle Multi-Jurisdictional Full Scale Exercise was designed to test and evaluate the response and interactions of emergency response, local government and emergency medical services in four separate jurisdictions.
The drill will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The locations of the exercises will not be revealed, but will take place within the two counties, including Ashton and Rochelle.
Emergency personnel will not use their lights or sirens. County officials are telling citizens to be aware of lights and sirens to determine if an incident is part of the drill or a real emergency.
Drill participants will be faced with an initial report from National Weather Service regarding the potential for severe weather, and plan from there. It will be followed up with progressively more severe messages up to and including multiple incidents in Lee and Ogle counties.
Volunteers will stage and simulate the effects of the natural disaster.