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Assortment of Lake County agencies to practice school-disaster response during July 31 drill

RELEASE DATE: July 30, 2007

TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, will take part in what is thought to be the largest-ever disaster drill conducted in the County on Tuesday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Lake High School, located at 15600 Silver Eagle Road, Groveland.

The multi-agency drill is sponsored by the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Local Emergency Planning Committee, District 6. Other local agencies expected to play a role in the drill include the Lake County Sheriff's Office, Lake County Fire Rescue Division, Lake-Sumter EMS, Lake County Health Department and Lake County Schools. Agencies from other surrounding counties of Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia are also expected to participate.

“Like many other drills, this exercise will give us an invaluable opportunity to train our staff in disaster preparedness, evacuation methods and rescue techniques in coordinating with other local and regional agencies," said Jerry Smith, Director of the Emergency Management Division. "What is unusual, or different, about this drill is it involves the element of a school campus, which is particularly important to us in light of recent events in Virginia and Pennsylvania."

Local media representatives are encouraged to view this disaster drill that will include multiple agencies and incidents. A team of public-information officers (PIOs) will be available to assist with media inquires. On the day of the drill, media representatives, will be asked to check in with one of these PIOs and receive an identification badge before entering the drill site.

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