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Region participates in mock disaster drills

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Several counties in the region took part in a mock disaster Wednesday.

The exercise is used to train first responders and health care providers how to handle chemical weapons spills such as anthrax.

Ten counties participated, and officials say events like this one help them stay prepared for any kind of widespread emergency.

"We never know, so today's anthrax scenario was very helpful. It's something we hope we never face but could possibly in the future," said Laura Damron with Pikeville Medical Center.

Another mock disaster is scheduled for Thursday.

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