Rogers State University to Host Mock Disaster Drill Oct. 6

Rogers State University in Claremore will host a mock disaster drill next Friday, Oct. 6.

The drill is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and run through around 1:30 p.m. in the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center parking lot, which will be closed for the duration of the exercise.

This drill, which will follow in the aftermath of a mock tornado touchdown, will incorporate participants from numerous local emergency agencies, including Pafford EMS, OTEMS, Claremore Fire Department, Hillcrest Claremore, Claremore Indian Hospital and others.

Ambulances and fire trucks will escort those posing as victims to local hospitals to test their ability to handle mass casualty patient overflow in the event of an actual disaster. They may also use their sirens and lights during the event as well. This event is all part of a simulated exercise to meet accreditation standards for local hospitals.

This drill will be an ideal opportunity for media coverage as it will offer several hours of “simulated disaster” visuals in this multi-agency and university exercise. We would welcome your interest and any coverage of this event.

Additionally, should you receive any calls or “news tips” regarding this from anyone concerned that this is an actual event, be aware that this is a staged exercise.

For more information, please contact me, Tom Fink at [email protected].