Sloan-Hendrix Schools at Imboden, in cooperation with the Lawrence, Randolph, and Greene County Offices of Emergency Management, participated in a "disaster simulation drill" on Friday, March 9.  The drill began between around 9:00 a.m. with the activity concentrated on the area around the main Sloan-Hendrix High School building and the Bill McCurley Gymnasium. The disaster scenario focus was on a tornado striking the Sloan-Hendrix campus.

Units from Lawrence County OEM, Randolph County OEM, Greene County OEM, Imboden FD, Ravenden FD, Walnut Ridge FD, Hoxie FD, Pocahontas FD, Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Randolph County Sheriff's Office, Walnut Ridge PD, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Air EVAC, AET, and many other emergency-oriented agencies participated.

Instructions were provided to staff and students about their role in the emergency exercise.  This was intended to be a learning experience for emergency personnel, as well as for all school staff and students.  Several high school students took part in the training exercise, playing the part of the victim.  Although it is essential that the emergency personnel train for the possible disasters, hopefully, they will never have to take advantage of the skills they honed at this drill.