Since September 11, 2001 the Public Safety Community (Fire, Police and Emergency Medical Services) has trained to prepare for the worst and strive for the best possible outcome for all incidents. To this end, once every three years, the Eastern Montgomery County Emergency Management Group plans and executes a “disaster” exercise to help area municipalities and emergency responders prepare for large scale incidents and evaluate ways to improve performance. Groups involved in the training include police departments with SWAT and MERT teams; fire departments with hazmat operations; search and rescue teams; municipalities’ public works departments; area hospitals emergency departments and emergency response teams; the county dispatch center and mobile operations; emergency medical services and the American Red Cross.
The Eastern Montgomery County Emergency Management Group held a weather related disaster planning event, on the morning of Sunday, October 18, 2009 at various locations across eastern Montgomery county.
Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham is a major shelter site for this exercise.
ChATs Volunteers - and their pets - assisted Eastern Montco by acting as victims to test the emergency management agencies ability to process victims.