JUNE 11, 2004 - Posted at 4:23 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR - An undisclosed Jonesboro location will serve as the host site for a regional disaster drill next week involving first responders from eleven Region 8 counties.
A staged scenario will be enacted Wednesday in which "someone has spread a powdery substance over a crowd, and several people have been exposed to a chemical agent. Authorities will perform decontamination and containment as outlined in their emergency response plans."
The drill is intended as a tool to help local hospitals, emergency responders and health departments identify their strengths and weaknesses during a disaster, while also improving their ability to meet required emergency management plans. Areas assessed will include pre-drill planning, incident command, decontamination, triage and treatment.