On Thursday, Loveland Products, located south of Fairbury, will participate in an exercise in collaboration with Jefferson Community Health & Life, Jefferson County Emergency Management and other agencies to test their preparedness for a disaster.
John McKee, Emergency Manager for Jefferson and Saline Counties, explained that the exercise will help the company and other agencies become more prepared for disasters.
“I like to do exercises with businesses. It’s a great thing to do because if anything ever happens we can have a better response for that business or facility. Plans will be put into place to help with that response. Any business in Jefferson County and Saline County can do this, and I encourage them to do this. All healthcare facilities are required to do two exercises a year—one is an internal exercise, and the other is a full-scale exercise, like the one coming up on Thursday. This will help both facilities identify needs, what went well and what needs to be improved. This not only helps the two facilities, it’s helping everyone,” McKee said.
McKee noted that there will be more of these types of exercises to come due to more requirements for emergency preparedness.
“It’s going to be a full-scale exercise conducted with Loveland Products, JCH&L and local responders,” said McKee. “There won’t be any lights and sirens, but there will be some radio traffic. We just want folks to be aware that there’s an exercise going on and that there will be more exercises to come.”