County Comment: Emergency Drill Will Involve County: City and Three Public Schools

County Comment
Emergency Drill Will Involve County: City and Three Public Schools
by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

On Wednesday, June 1, from 10:00AM-12:00PM, the Washington County Local Emergency Planning Committee and the County's Department of Emergency Services, in partnership with the Washington County Public Schools and the City of Hagerstown, are sponsoring an Emergency Drill. The drill involves the geographic area surrounding North Hagerstown High, Northern Middle, and Fountaindale Elementary. These are the only schools that will be involved in the exercise.
The drill will provide emergency responders in the city, county, and the school system with a chance to practice coordination of emergency services and communication.
Paul Rudolph, Safety and Security Specialist for the public school system said that the scenario will involve a simulated accident. Students and staff will remain in school during the drill and will not be in any danger from the drill.
"If parents see command or special operations vehicles at the schools or hear other announcements related to the drill on June 1, they should know that this is part of the drill," said Rudolph. "We thank parents, students, and the community for their support as we continue to improve our response to disasters and emergencies in our county and school system."
The school system will be sending letters home to parents on Friday, May 27, so that parents and guardians will be informed about the drill. Reminder notifications will also be sent to students at Fountaindale Elementary and Northern Middle on Tuesday, May 31.
Verna Brown, Emergency Management Coordinator for Washington County said, "By participating in joint drills, we are able to improve our community's response to emergencies. We are appreciative of school officials, law enforcement officials, and government representatives who are working together to make this drill possible."