Mass emergency drill in Carter Co.

By: Paige Tebow Email
By: Paige Tebow Email

Southern Oklahomans are gearing up to make sure they're prepared for a bioterroristm attack.

Since the Clinton era, national and state officials have been working to prepare citizens for a public heath emergency or bioterrorism event.

9-11 made it even more important to be ready.

While it's hard to imagine acts of terrorism happening here, locals say they don't want to take any chances.

Dozens of health care professionals, law enforcement, and emergency response crews gathered at the Carter County Health Department on Thursday for a mass emergency preparedness round table.

Using the National Incident Command System, they talked about the channels they would take if pathogens like the pneumonic plague, anthrax, or small pox contaminated Love, Carter, Johnston or Jefferson Counties.

They will put that training into motion in June when they enact a mass emergency drill..

The mission is to vaccinate everyone in south central Oklahoma within 48 hours.

Dona Walton, public information officer, says, "We've been planning this and preparing for this for months, look for holes in plan, sit down, strategize make sure all areas will be taken care of."

Officials need volunteers to make the drill effective.

They are asking you to stop by locations in Ardmore, Healdton, Marietta, Tishomingo, and Waurika, on June 21st to be immunized.

We will continue our coverage as the date of the drill approaches.

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