Officials learn how to prepare for disasters
The Box Elder County group worked together as a team during a mock disaster exercise at the Emergency Management Institute in Maryland.
Emergencies can happen anytime and at any place. How an emergency is planned for and handled can mean the difference between an insurmountable disaster and a complete recovery.
Seventy-two people from Box Elder County traveled to the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Md., recently to learn how to prepare, prevent and pull out of a major disaster. They included county employees and elected officials from Howell, Tremonton, Brigham City, Willard and Garland; representatives from the Box Elder School District, Bear River Valley and Brigham City Community hospitals, Bear River Health Department, CERT, Utah Highway Patrol, Utah Transit Authority and the Red Cross.
The group was there to participate in an Integrated Emergency Management Course conducted at the Emergency Management Institute, a facility that was once used as a hospital during the Civil War and is now operated as a training campus by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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