HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Emergency responders and nursing students held a mock disaster drill in Harlan on Wednesday to prepare for a real emergency.
They simulated a tornado and dozens of agencies participated in the training exercise.
The emergency responders and nursing students say they simulated a tornado because tornadoes can and do hit Eastern Kentucky. They say this mock disaster prepares them for when a tornado strikes again.
"We're hoping to get some good training out of this in case such an event happened, we'd be better prepared," said David McGill, Harlan County Emergency Management Director.
They pretended a tornado hit campus and caused a chemical explosion in one of the buildings.
The more we can involve with this situation, then I think the better prepared everyone in this area will be in a disaster if it does occur," said Kathy Guyn, SKCTC Division Chair for Nursing.
They had pretend injured students trapped inside buildings and injured people outside. Dozens of agencies acted as if it was a real emergency.
"See how we can make our responses better for not only this situation but for other situations as well," said McGill.
The nursing students treated patients. Organizers say this gives them real world training before graduation.
"It's important for our students to know how to respond correctly in a disaster," said Guyn. "It's a wonderful experience. You know our world is changing. We live in a global world. We have a lot of students who stay here, but they also go all over the United States."
The students in the SKCTC funeral director program also participated in the drill. They learned how to handle deaths in an emergency scene.
Once the drill finished, all of the agencies met to discuss the response.