Emergency evacuation event staged in Bellville


By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER - lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com



Participants in the emergency evacuation procedure discuss how events will be handled. Submitted photo


BELLVILLE — Residents in an area in the village where a hazard could occur were visited by people with the Richland County Emergency Management Agency last week.

The event was an emergency evacuation procedure, and it had people working as volunteers go door to door and talk to people about possible problems if an event were to occur.

Rick Evans, deputy director of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, said the event went very well.

“As with any exercise it is a learning experience for some,” he said. About 70 people participated in the event.

This type of event is an annual exercise. People visited by volunteers were asked how many people live in a home, or if there were any pets that needed to be considered in the event of an evacuation.

Evans said the emergency management group works on a four-year cycle, working to familiarize people with required practices.

The event had the spilling of a product assimilated on Fitting Street. Volunteers went door to door on Fitting, Flowers and Ogle streets, the south side of West Main Street, Church, Bell and Market streets. The practice event went on from 5 to 9 p.m.

The people involved in the event included police officers, sheriff’s department officers, and members of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Ham radio operators also were involved.

Evans said there were some parts of the exercise that need to be reevaluated.

But he said this is what you do with any kind of plan like that.

He said operators “see if the plan meets the actual response and the response meets the plan.” Adjustments will be made if necessary, he said.

Food was catered by V & M Restaurant, and was served in the community room at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Participants in the emergency evacuation procedure discuss how events will be handled. Submitted photo
http://www.thebellvillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2017/10/web1_cema2.jpgParticipants in the emergency evacuation procedure discuss how events will be handled. Submitted photo

By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER

lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com