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Emergency Drill Finds a Few Problems To Correct

Practice drills are meant to uncover issues before a true emergency.

A surprise emergency drill in Temple Terrace uncovered a few issues and questions last week, but officials overall rated the exercise as a success.

The city activated its Emergency Operations Center on Friday morning using the scenario that a tornado had destroyed City Hall and emergency operations had to be moved, the city said in a news release.

About two dozen 911 dispatchers and workers from the city finance and customer service departments were moved to the operations center at Fire Station No. 1 and the Omar Lightfoot Recreation Center, the release said.

The exercise lasted three hours.

The drill uncovered some phone and computer connection issues and raised question over what to do with damaged  equipment and how to handle customer service transactions, the city said.

City Manager Kim Leinbach said in the release that drills are conducted to find and resolve such issues before a true emergency. Fire Chief Keith Chapman rated the exercise as a success, the release said.

Because it was a practice event, not every city department was deployed.

In an emergency the city would communicate with residents through news media and its website.

Quentin June 13, 2012 at 03:52 AM
The exercise was a success with a load of problems. We have a way to go before they can say they are good. The distractions and turmoil within the department have an effect we have to get rid of the bad apples and let them scrap metals full time.

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