Emergency preparedness

County-wide emergency preparedness exerciseA county-wide emergency preparedness exercise was conducted at the Sibley County Fairgrounds in Arlington on Wednesday, June 28. County-wide emergency preparedness exerciseThe purpose of the exercise was to practice Public Health’s triage/screening and busing plan that would be used in the case of an actual emergency, such as an anthrax outbreak. Above, Public Health Nurse Kari Evans screened a drill participant. Left, Health educator Mary Bachman was stationed by the bus, when in the event of an actual emergency, county residents would board a bus and be transported to Ridgewater College for immunizations. Julie Ashton, public health nurse who coordinated the event, said it went “pretty well” and that it was “a learning experience.” Good feedback was received from volunteers and staff, she said. Sibley County worked with McLeod and Meeker Counties to coordinate the exercise.