Chemung County Board of Health Simulates Winter Storm Preparedness

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Tuesday night the Chemung County Board of Health discussed results of a series of emergency preparedness drills done earlier this fall.

During the week of October 31st, the Board held preparedness drills — the biggest of which was to simulate a large scale winter storm — on how to provide large scale community and medical shelter.

The drill incorporated hospitals, law enforcement, public health officials, emergency management, and human services agencies — allowing them to understand their role and abilities in the event of an emergency.

“We determined some locations for large community shelters much larger than ever been used in Chemung County,” said Director of Public Health, Robert Page.

“We’re trying to determine where we can put up to 800 people, and then our medical sheltering we determined that we could house approximately 140-150 people who needed medical shelter in the County and local nursing homes.”

This large scale exercise was practiced across Western New York — involving a total of 17 counties.

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