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    Herriman drill prepares residents for real emergency
    March 14th, 2009 @ 8:15pm
    By Alex Cabrero
    HERRIMAN -- Emergency crews and residents in Herriman held a drill Saturday that will help them be prepared for an emergency or disaster. It was the first of its kind drill for the city.

    Between 400 and 500 residents took part in the emergency preparedness communications drill Saturday morning.

    They know that they can't be sure what type of disaster will happen, or when and where will hit. But Capt. Clint Smith of the Unified Fire Authority said, "If something really did happen tomorrow, they would know what to do."

    Several different scenarios unfolded simultaneously during the drill, from people injured in vehicle accidents to people getting supplies after house fires, gas leaks and downed power lines.

    When the situation is hectic, having a proper flow of communications is the key to getting help quickly.

    "Until you are in the real thing, you don't really know what it's like," Smith said.

    Disaster drills like this one help emergency responders to better communicate. For residents, it shows why it's a good idea to be prepared individually instead of waiting for government help.

    Resident Seth Housley said, "If there's an emergency, you really need to know what to do instead of just panicking."

    "The only way to be prepared is to practice," Smith said.

    Officials will study and discuss things that went well during Saturday's drill as well as things that need improvement.

    Our town does a sort-of drill. Mostly it's the fire department preparing. The towns people are supposed to do the drill too, but no one ever does. I don't even know what the people are supposed to do; I"m not sure what the FD does to prepare, but I'm sure it's nowhere near this sophisticated.
    "Be Excellent to Each Other"


    • #3
      Ours does it a couple of times a year.
      "If Howdy Doody runs against him, I'm voting for the puppet." - SkyOwl's Wife, 2012


      • #4
        I participated in one when I was a teen, and two of my kids did the same in relation to their work. I'd like to see more of these, as the original intent was smart. Now, I just am feeling paranoid that it's a way to herd the sheep.