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L&C Successfully Conducts Tornado Disaster Exercise

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Article by: Louise Jett, L&C Media Services, ljett@lc.edu

GODFREY, IL – Lewis and Clark Community College conducted a full-scale disaster exercise on its main campus in Godfrey today, Friday, August 2.  

During the drill, safety personnel responded to a simulated tornado incident. L&C’s incident management team, security and maintenance departments, as well as Godfrey Emergency Management (ESDA) and local first responder agencies (Godfrey Fire/Alton Memorial EMS) participated in the exercise.

“All of these agencies came together with our safety team seamlessly,” L&C Director of Security Brad Raish said. “I want to thank everyone for helping us take the plan we put on paper and bring it into a real-world simulation. Special thanks go out to the Alton Volunteer Emergency Corps, the Godfrey Fire Department, the Village of Godfrey, Alton Memorial Ambulance Services and Sichra Consultation Services, LLC.”

The purpose of the exercise was to test the response, assessment and recovery components of the new Campus Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP) L&C put in place last year.

“I’m extremely pleased with how the exercise went,” said Emergency Management Consultant Chris Sichra. “All the agencies worked well together, and all the procedures went smoothly. The emergency equipment was used appropriately, and response times were good. It was a great first disaster drill for the college.”

For more detailed information on safety and security, please visit www.lc.edu/security.

For questions about this exercise, please contact Raish at (618) 468-3160 or by email at braish@lc.edu.