Athens Co holding hazardous materials exercise Sat, 6/10/17, Hocking College, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, 8AM to 1PM


The Athens County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will be holding a full-scale hazardous materials preparedness exercise on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The exercise will be taking place at two locations;

  1. Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio
  2. OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, Athens, Ohio

The exercise will be taking place between the hours of 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Area residents may notice increased emergency vehicle traffic at both locations as emergency first responders and hospital staff simulate dealing with a hazardous materials spill in the Nelsonville area and transporting simulated patients to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital.

All Ohio Counties are required by the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) to have a hazardous materials preparedness exercise annually and a full-scale exercise at least every five years. Annual exercises allow responders to review plans and procedures for hazardous materials incidents and make changes to those plans as needed.


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