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Whitfield County plans disaster drill for Thursday, Nov. 29th

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) -- The Whitfield County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will begin its annual full-scale Hazardous Material Disaster Drill on Thursday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. at the North Georgia Fairgrounds on Legion Drive in Dalton.

"This drill will focus on a simulated transportation incident involving a hazardous chemical spill, " said Claude Craig, Director of the Whitfield County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and LEPC Chairman.

The transportation disaster drill will bring together government agencies and private entities to test their ability to react to a large scale emergency.

Active participants with Whitfield County EMA in the LEPC drill will include Whitfield County Fire Department, Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, Dalton Fire Department, Dalton Police Department, Public Health, Whitfield Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and local government, schools and businesses.

Hamilton Medical Center will also play a major role as the hospital tests its decontamination equipment and procedures.

"Our community partners have been working together for years to prepare for disaster, whether it be natural or man-made," Craig stated. "These exercises provide us opportunities to test areas of our plans that haven't already been addressed. We can then see where the weaknesses are and begin resolving them."

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