|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