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This Is a Test, It is Only a Test

By Staff | Oct 23, 2015

“If this had been an actual emergency, you would have been instructed…”. We have all heard that message on our radio stations and television broadcasts, and on Oct. 28 Rugby will be having a test of its own for local Emergency Responders, with the help of local residents who have volunteered.

The Test will be a “Full Scale Emergency Hazardous Material and Evacuation Exercise” at approximately 5:15 P.M. The exercise will start with a hazardous chemical spill located in the vacant area east of the car wash. Shortly after that, the sirens will sound and an emergency message will be broadcasted. The public is not to be alarmed, this is only an exercise; the message will indicate that the exercise has started and that an evacuation is needed. Roughly 30 people have volunteered to be evacuated by school bus to the Memorial Hall, a designated shelter. Some drama students from the Rugby High School have volunteered to be “victims” of the incident. Once all of the “victims” have been tended to, the “evacuees” have been evacuated and the neighborhood has been declared safe, the residents will be returned to their homes. This exercise is not meant to scare or alarm the public, it is meant to practice current plans. The exercise is not intended to interfere with traffic flow, however anytime you have numerous emergency vehicles and personnel working in a confined area, there may be temporary inconveniences.

The emergency exercise will be in the residential neighborhood east of 3rd Avenue SE and south of Territorial Drive/ 11th Street SE, Rugby.

The public is asked to use caution when traveling in the area of the exercise and if possible take different routes to reach their destinations until the exercise has been completed. Safety is the number one priority. Any questions can be directed to Kelsey Siegler, Pierce County Emergency Manager ((701) 776-5868 Ext. 2104)

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