Storm Lake emergency agencies hold mock crisis drill
STORM LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) -
If you were in Storm Lake this evening, you probably noticed plenty of sirens and flashing lights throughout the community.
Storm Lake and surrounding emergency personnel as well as the Kings Pointe Water Park lifeguard crew conducted a large scale, mass casualty drill at Kings Pointe this evening.
The various emergency agencies played out a scenario where the steps of the outdoor water slide towers collapsed, resulting in 40-50 injured.
A 911 call was sent out and emergency responders arrived within minutes.
The Public Safety Department holds annual mock emergency drills to keep their staff in top form in case of a real crisis.
"Everything from automobile accidents, to aircraft incidents, to active shooters," said Storm Lake Public Safety Director and Police Chief, Mark Prosser.
"This year it was a structural collapse, and they help us refine our ability to deal with mass casualty, to deal with emergency communications, and to work all of our first responders together in concert if, in fact, we have to deal with an incident where we have multiple casualties."
After the mock injured were rescued by the emergency staff, the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center received the victims and got to test their crisis plan as well.
The roles of the injured were played by the Storm Lake and Alta-Aurelia high school girls volleyball teams.