Afull scale Regional Disaster Drill will begin Tuesday in Van Zandt County and the City of Canton. The event will consist of a 72-hour around the clock full scale exercise.
"This exercise will encompass many responders from the East Texas Council of Governments region as well as some of our Emergency Medical Service Partners out of the North Central Texas Council of Governments," said Van Zandt County Emergenct Management Coordinator Chuck Allen. "I am sure that many of your agencies will be getting phone calls, Facebook questions, and emails about what is going on in Van Zandt County and Canton, and we want the public to be aware of the exercise."
Some of the scenarios which will take place beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday are:
Active Shooter (involving explosives and chemical/biological) Scenario on the First Monday Grounds (Tuesday Morning 11/06)
Mass Casualty Scenario on the First Monday Grounds (tornado scenario) (Wednesday Morning 11/07)
Active Shooter (involving explosives and chemical/biological) Scenario at the Van Zandt County Courthouse (Thursday Evening 11/08)
Heavy Lifting and Extrication (all three days)
Hazardous Material Incident in Grand Saline (Tuesday Evening 11/06)
Wide Area Wooded Search (all three days)
Impending Dam Breach on Lake Tawakoni (Wednesday and Thursday)
Residential Search (Hide Away Lake, Smith County)
High Angle/Below Grade Rescue (Lindale, Smith County)
Collapsed Structure Scenario (Lindale, Smith County)
These incidents, particularly the Active Shooter events and the Mass Casualty will involved many emergency responders to effectively manage the incident. The Mass Casualty incident will also serve to the test the Hospital Emergency Action Plans in East Texas with surge capacity. These patients in the Mass Casualty will actually be transported to hospitals either by ground or by air. Multiple EMS ground and air agencies will be participating.