Local Officials Forge Relationships to Prepare for Potential Disasters in Harrison County


Harrison County Emergency Management Agency hosted a tabletop exercise Wednesday for area officials in Cadiz, Ohio.

The training involved a train derailment that included a chemical fire in a populated area.

Area fire departments from Hopedale, Jewett, Cadiz and Unionport in Jefferson County attended, as well as, the Jefferson County Hazardous Material Response Team and Harrison Community Hospital EMS.

Harrison County EMA Director Eric Wilson said this exercise is so important because it allows different officials to come together to discuss their roles in preparation for any potential disasters.

“By bringing First Responders, local government officials and private industry to the table to discuss response plans is huge,” Wilson said. “We are forging relationships now, and understanding what capacity each entity can provide in times of need; rather than while on scene of an emergency.”

Daniel Winningham, Field Liaison from the Ohio EMA conducted the exercise. Various law enforcement officials were attendance, as well as, representatives from Mark West and Hopedale’s mayor and village council members.

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