• Subline Title: Radiation Decontamination Procedures to Be Tested

Emergency preparedness partners within the 8 county West Central Ohio region including; Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby are holding a full-scale emergency exercise to test their capabilities during a radiological terrorist incident.

The exercise will take place at the new Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, February 27 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Fairgrounds is located at 645 Infirmary Rd. in Dayton.

Media wishing to monitor the exercise may visit the onsite Joint Information Center during the hours of 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Interviews will be available from 10:30 am to 11:00 am.

The exercise is being sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) as part of their planning process which will allow them to replicate training opportunities nationwide. Dayton and El Paso, Texas are the only two locations that were chosen in the entire continental United States to participate in these exercises.

The exercise will involve the setup and running of a Community Reception Center (CRC). A CRC is a location where the general population would go if they think they have been exposed to radiation. Individuals at this location would be screened for contamination, decontaminated if necessary, and provided further follow-up if needed. Participants will include staff and volunteers from local health departments and local and regional Fire/EMS and response agencies.

The training exercise is not open to the public.

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