“We don’t want people to be alarmed or frightened,” said Shari Hittesdorf, Emergency Manager for the City of Sleepy Eye.
“We don’t want people to be alarmed or frightened,” said Shari Hittesdorf, Emergency Manager for the City of Sleepy Eye. “We want the community to know it’s a training drill.”
Hittesdorf was talking about a multi-casualty incident training drill that will occur Wednesday, Nov. 14, beginning at 7 p.m. Sleepy Eye’s emergency services — police, fire, ambulance and medical center — will be working together in response to a simulated incident at Sleepy Eye High School. The drill action will begin at the high school and then involve Sleepy Eye Medical Center.
“Access to the school will be closed off for a period of time, as it would be in a real situation, with some streets in the area closed,” said Hittesdorf. “Residents in the neighborhood will be notified beforehand so they are aware of the drill and don’t become alarmed.”
People who listen to scanners may also hear agencies communicating during the simulation. “The initial page will include that this is a drill,” said Hittesdorf. “But the rest of it will sound real.”
In order to conduct a drill like this, community volunteers are needed to portray the people involved. Hittesdorf said students from both high schools have volunteered along with a few adults.
Hittesdorf said it has been several years since the local agencies have held a joint simulated emergency situation drill such as this. Expect sirens and flashing emergency lights Wednesday evening, but be assured it is all for emergency preparedness in Sleepy Eye.
“We respond and work together all the time,” said HIttesdorf, “and it’s necessary to practice together as well.”