Counties participate in mass medication drill

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) -- (UPDATED: 10/12/17 @ 5:15 p.m.)

Operation Sooner Response took place Thursday at the Ardmore Convention Center. It was a mass medication drill put on by county agencies.

A mass medication drill dubbed Operation Sooner Response took place Thursday at the Ardmore Convention Center, and in two other counties Thursday afternoon.

"It's something important, and we figured, why not?" Volunteer patient Phillip Vance said. "They need all the people out there they can get, to show what they're doing."

If a highly contagious disease broke out in your community, would you know where to go? What to do? That's exactly why Phillip and wife Lani Vance took time out of their Thursday morning to act as patients during a mock- plague outbreak.

"It's like with the military, you have to practice in any kind of situation." Mrs. Vance said.

Planned for eight months, it was one of several drills put on in Southern Oklahoma Thursday, executed by multiple agencies within Carter County- the first in Ardmore in 10 years.

The other drills happened in Love and Johnston counties, and the City of Healdton later that afternoon, as part of a Regional exercise required by the state department of health.

"Any time we train, we get better. And that's the whole purpose of this: we train to get better." Carter County Health Branch Director Ian O'Neal said.

The Vance's were two of 400 "patients" who came to participate in Carter County's drill.

"If the community can help these people, than why not?" Mrs. Vance said. "It's only going to come around and help us."

Which was a big help for the emergency personnel.

"Practice like this will prepare us for a real life situation. It doesn't have to just be a disease outbreak. It could be any kind of response to an emergency," Amber Marr, Carter County Health Department's Coordinating Nurse, said. "We want to make sure we're prepared and have people in place and have collaborations with other agencies so that we can respond and help protect or help the citizens of our community."

And that's a relief for the Vance's.

"Especially in this day in age with all the shootings, and you never know what's going to happen next," Mrs. Vance said. "So its good to be prepared."

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Operation Sooner Response took place Thursday at the Ardmore Convention Center. It was a mass medication drill put on by county agencies.

The purpose of the drill is to prepare for any kind of crisis that would require emergency response...

In Thursday's scenario, volunteers came through as patients to receive medication for a plague.

Ardmore Police, Carter County Health Department, Air Evacuation, and other agencies were on site.

"We want to make sure that we're prepared and have people in place and have collaborations with other agencies, so that we can respond and help protect or help the citizens of our community," Carter County Health Department Coordinating Nurse Amber Marr said.

Similar exercises are happening Thursday afternoon in Love County, Johnston County, and Healdton.



 
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