Disaster drill

David Alexander with the Hunt County Office of Homeland Security/Emergency Management met with first responders Tuesday morning following a simulated tornado touchdown at the Hunt County Fairgrounds.

A Tuesday morning exercise in which a simulated tornado hit Greenville was considered a success.

David Alexander with the Hunt County Office of Homeland Security/Emergency Management met with representatives from 16 different law enforcement, amateur radio, medical and emergency management agencies in the north parking lot of the Hunt County Fairgrounds at the close of the “deploy and stage” exercise.

The departments were notified of the simulated disaster and then were monitored on how quickly they responded to the scene.

Alexander said the drill was completed in approximately 35 minutes.

“That’s good, because we are not all from here in town,” he said, noting how units responded from the Commerce and Quinlan areas. “Thirty-five minutes is just exceptional.”

It was the second such exercise this year.

An April 3 disaster drill, which included a simulated tornado strike in Greenville, fell on the fifth and seventh anniversaries of actual tornado outbreaks in the area and was also considered a success.

Alexander said such drills are necessary to prepare for the real thing.

“It is just a matter of time.” he said. “We have a tornado in the area almost every year.”

The exercise included a recap session Tuesday afternoon in the Hunt County Office of Homeland Security/Emergency Management headquarters at 2700 Johnson Street in Greenville.

Hunt County Director of Homeland Security/Emergency Management Richard Hill said all of the agencies participated in the review and that attendance of the session was standing room only.

“We felt like it went really, really well,” Hill said.

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