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Nursing students take part in county mock disaster

Posted Apr. 29, 2013

Eight nursing students from Kent State University at Trumbull participated in a mock disaster that was staged by the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the Trumbull County Local EmergencyNursing students take part in mock disaster Planning Committee in Howland on Thursday, April 25.

The group, which also included Kent Trumbull’s Karen A. Day, assistant professor of nursing, portrayed disaster “victims” and were evacuated to a local Red Cross shelter.

The scenario for the mock disaster focused on a tanker full of titanium tetrachloride which was parked behind a vacant building, where it was struck by a car full of teenagers doing doughnuts in a snow covered parking lot, causing a major chemical spill.

The response to the spill was a test by the OEMA for numerous county emergency management services including Howland safety departments, the Mahoning Valley Red Cross and Trumbull County HAZMAT. Members of OEMA were scattered around the county at various locations to observe the county's emergency operations, public relations, traffic control and other aspects of how the exercise was handled.

Full-scale mock disasters are held once every four years so the OEMA can observe the county's preparedness.