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1 2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's AD UOCATE -Thursday, December 23, 1999 Jefferson County Chapter, American Red Cross, conducted its annual disaster exercise on De- cember 2 as part of a statewide evolution. The purpose of this project was to exercise all facets of the chapter's major disaster plan, to include communication, the es- tablishment of a disaster shelter, possible medical contingencies, emergency housing and feeding ca- pabilities and the myriad of inclu- sive minor challenges that are sur- faced when such a major scale op- eration is encountered. The exercise was initiated at the state level when the local chap- ter office activated the disaster plan. A call for essential emergency personnel was initiated utilizing the chapter's recall system, com- monly referred to as a "call tree." This initial step proved to be effec- tive in that all critical personnel called responded to their assigned areas within an hour of notifica- tion, despite the fact that several were out of the immediate area. A command center was estab- lished at the chapter's Bardane Of- fice and an emergency shelter was to be established in the recre- ational building of the Asbury United Methodist Church. Non- critical personnel were designated to act as local residents who were affected by nature of the disaster. The scenarios chosen for the exer- cise involved both a major snow storm of 40 or more inches, compli- cated with a series of problems re- lating to Y2K onset. Chapter personnel were quickly organized into units at the shelter site and were tasked to shelter du- ties. These involved the setting up of sleeping areas, nutritional preparations and services, medical contingencies and the careful iden- tification and recording of resi- dents who arrived for assistance. In addition, a separate unit was assigned to address special and unusual situations. Just some of these special situations involved the provisions for handling pets who accompanied reporting resi- dents, location of displaced persons and special dietary or medical ma- terial needs. The exercise became particu- larly challenging when Y2K inter- ventions caused a power failure and the shelter plunged into dark- ness. A rapid response was essen- tial to prevent panic and to permit the continued orderly manage- ment of shelter affairs. The exer- cise also tested the chapter's com- mand post ability to address the critical logistical problems of sup- plies, transportation, additional personnel and accurate reporting to name a few. Of particular stress was the command post's capabili- ties to maintain effective contact with outside resources at the county and state levels. The governor's declaration of a state of emergency placed at the chapter disposal the outside assets of the National Guard, FEMA and the county's disaster control network, the request for which had to be co- ordinated with many other com- peting agencies. The exercise was declared over act as an observer and to critique tile chapter's response. At the end of the exercise, Jones provided an in-depth critique in which he touched on every facet of tile exer- cise. His overall evaluation was that of "excellent" and his conclu- after nearly three hours of activity, sion was that all aspects of the ex- In order to evaluate the effective- ercise, its "objectives and mission. ness of the chapter s reaction and were effectively accomplished." disaster recovery processes, Tim Chapter Chairperson Rose Col: Jones, who heads the disaster ser- fin brought the exercise to a close vices of the Red Cross Chapter in bv exoressinu her aDoreciation to Frederick, Md was requested to ail wl~o participated.";It is both re- eaeo eeti', e Z ll [ ~[~ May you have an abundanc, e of joy and happiness / 1~ come your way throughout this holiday season. ~ [ by Ty TylI rot rvlJsa CSA freshing and satisfying to knowcorps of unselfish that if a real disaster occurred our give of their time am chapter is ready to provide the es- interest of those we serve sential services to our residents," without recognition. she stated, "and tonight provedwhat your Red Cross again what we always knew, and could not be more that is our chapter is peopled by a chapter tonight." 0 0 "The Name llbrth Remembering Jo! !ent! Inwood, W. Va. Charles (304) 229-8080 BAILEY JOINS STEPTOE & JOHNSON Gregory A. Bailey has joined the law firm fSteptoe & Johnson in its Litigation Department. He is an associate practicing from the firm's Martinsburg office, where his focus is professional liability and civil litigation. Mr. Bailey received his law de- gree at West Virginia University College of Law, where he gradu- ated Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers, and was recipient of the Patrick Duffy Koontz Schol- arship. Mr. Bailey was a member of the West Virginia Law Review, serving as the Executive Editor of Student Works. Mr. Bailey re- ceived his B.S. from Shepherd Col- lege, where he graduated summa cum laude. Steptoe & Johnson has provided customized legal services to busi- ness, industry and public entities in West Virginia and the region for more than three-quarters of a cen- tury. The firm maintains seven convenient office locations: Clarks- burg, Charleston, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Wheeling, Parkers- burg and Fairmont. GED REVIEW CLASSES The Learning Center at James Rumsey Technical Institute offers review classes for the GED, Civil Service tests, LPN preparation, External Diploma, computer key- boarding. Introductions are avail- able "free" of charge. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m - 4 p.m and Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m Evening: Tuesday and Thurs- day, 6:30-9 p.m. Registration for the GED, all re- views and Learning Center offer- ings at James Rumsey is available at Orientation sessions. Orientations: January 3, 18 and 31 at 8 a.m. or 12 noon; and Janu- ary 4, at 6:30 p.m You must pre- register to take the GED test. All programs offered through the Learning Center are available to anyone age 16 or older. Every program is designed to fit indi- vidual needs. Call 754-9712 for more informa- tion. May peace and goodwill surround you, and may the ! true spirit of Christmas live in your hearts. Our sincere thanks go out to each every one of,you for your kind patronage this past year. Kearneysville 876-2563 Charles Town 725-8431 Harpers Ferry 535-6336 MEMBER F.D.I.C.