Lamar County Emergency Coalition leads the way for disaster preparedness

Lamar County Emergency Coalition leads the way for disaster preparedness

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -  This is a news release from Wesley Medical Center. 

The Lamar County Emergency Coalition is leading the way for emergency coalitions across the state and helping other counties in the area establish their own emergency preparedness organizations.

The Coalition is comprised of Representatives from Wesley Medical Center, the Mississippi Department of Health, Forrest County Emergency Operations Center, the Lamar County Sheriff's Department, Lamar County Emergency Management Agency and the US Army Civil Support Team.

Co-founded by Wesley Medical Center's Emergency Department Director, Dixie Norris and Wesley's Environment of Care Chairman, Judy Gill, the team serves to continually improve local disaster response and joint efforts between all agencies in the event of a disaster.

"We wanted to ensure that, if we had a county-wide emergency, each response agency would know names and faces at the other agencies, helping us to better communicate, creating consistency and allowing us all to better serve the community," said Gill.

In November, the Coalition conducted its first disaster drill in which all partner agencies participated. The drill was designed to help local emergency response agencies with their response during real emergencies. Agencies from surrounding counties also participated to gain knowledge for use in establishing their own coalitions.

"The first drill was a great way for us to see how we would all work together in a disaster, said Norris. "It provided valuable information. We're planning to conduct more drills in the future to continue our preparedness training so that we can continue to provide the best care for our area."

The group will meet again this month to continue training.