Marshall County Disaster Drill with a Twist

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Wednesday, volunteers assembled inside the Guntersville Rec Center for a disaster simulation.  However, this one did not simulate the disaster itself and wasn't training for first responders.

Instead, this drill simulated the process by which storm victims try to get help.  Students from the health occupations class at Arab High School pretended to be real storm victims from April 27th.   They then told volunteers from organizations like the Red Cross and United Way their stories.   This allowed those volunteers to train in how to deal with storm victims and in which direction to point people.

The exercise lasted from 8:30 until 2pm and was put on by the Marshall County EMA.   Everyone who participated said that it was a great teaching tool, especially knowing that the stories they were hearing were not made up, but were real stories that played out in the days after April 27th.