Annual disaster drill and planning committee
Illinois Emergency Management Agency requires one actual, staged Community Disaster Drill every other year.
The Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Committee plans and stages Galesburg/Knox County's Community Disaster Drill. Some of the past scenarios include an aircraft accident, boiler explosion, hazardous material, terrorist incident and school bus accident. All of these drills included triage and transport of mock victims and simulations of hazardous conditions for the emergency responders to deal with.
The Committee consists of volunteers from medical and emergency response sectors as well as major transportation facilities. American Red Cross, Bridgeway Mental Health Services, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Carl Sandburg College Nursing Program, City of Galesburg Human Services, Galesburg Hospitals' Ambulance Service, Galesburg Cottage Hospital, Galesburg Fire Department, Galesburg Police Department, Knox County Sheriff's Department, Knox County Health Department, OSF St. Mary Medical Center, and Salvation Army personnel have been participating in the planning and staging of the annual drills.
The goal of the committee is to plan and stage a realistic drill to prepare emergency response and ancillary groups in case an actual mass casualty incident should occur. This testing of Galesburg's emergency response systems is an excellent method to identify any problem areas and take corrective action to upgrade those areas to enable a smooth, efficient, life and property saving response.