Chicago officials say preparedness exercises increase response capabilities
| 05.25.2007 | 08:50:36 | Views: 2859 | ID:
May 25 '07: City officials in Chicago have said that recent emergency response exercises have increased their capability to act quickly, a local NBC affiliate reported. Cortez Trotter, the Chicago chief emergency officer told the station results from an earlier massive emergency drill which included the evacuation of 3,000 people from 4 city buildings "were positive."
According to NBC5, the city's emergency response drill was the first of its kind in the country and helped city officials find 14 ways to improve their response capabilities. "Among the areas that needed work was ensuring that emergency notification reaches intended recipients and increased training for building personnel as initial responders," the station reported.City officials also said problems of notifying people in the event of an emergency could be solved by employing a web-based service called "Send Word Now" which sends alerts via phone, email and SMS texting. Additionally, a DVD produced by the city telling citizens what they can expect outside the buildings after evacuation would help as well.
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