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Emergency Operations Centers (EOC's) activate when an incident requires a certain level of strategic planning and response. Two of Duluth’s centers were tested during a recent active shooter exercise at the Duluth International Airport. The simulation involved dozens of “victims” who required medical transportation to St. Luke’s and St. Mary’s Hospitals.
Emergency personnel also practiced relocating an EOC during an incident. In this case, they moved operations from the Duluth Airport Authority site to the St. Louis County Emergency Operations Center. Testing contingency plans gives first responders an idea of the challenges they would have to overcome during a real emergency.
Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) personnel are preparing to put the state’s Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) plan to the test. Over the next few weeks, HSEM staff will train with other state agencies, local governments, the state of Wisconsin, emergency workers, schools, hospitals and volunteers. The purpose is to prepare for an upcoming annual exercise.
This year, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff will evaluate a simulated incident at Prairie Island nuclear generating plant in Red Wing. The goal is for all participants to demonstrate that Minnesota’s REP plan will protect the health and safety of the public in the unlikely event of a nuclear power plant incident.
Click here for a look at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant Planning Guide.