Emergency drills across KOTA Territory prepare for the worst - KOTA Territory News

Emergency drills across KOTA Territory prepare for the worst

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Threats in schools have become an all too familiar scene…but how prepared is our area for such a scenario?

Multiple agencies in 3 KOTA Territory counties collaborated Tuesday to answer that question.

School administrators, law enforcement and city officials put their emergency plans to the test with a full scale exercise in Custer, Hot Springs and Deadwood.

The goals of the mock "bomb threat" scenario focused on coordinating multiple resources in   securing an area in and around the school, safely evacuating students and reconnecting them with their parents.

Lawrence County Emergency Manager Paul Thomson says that he wants to be prepared to insure the public that they are ready for any such threat, "They want to make sure that they cover the bases, looking at the options, looking at the possibilities of what could go wrong and they aren't going to wait until the real thing happens to find out those weaknesses."

Deadwood parent Tracy Island said she was very pleased with how today's drill went, "It seemed to go really smooth. I think that they have everything organized & together the minute we got down here, they took our names, matched us up with our kids and then we just waited for them to get on the trolley, come down and hook up with us."

Thomson says these exercises are conducted at least once per year and they plan to take the feedback from Tuesday's drills and restructure their plans to be more efficient.

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