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Plainview hosts tornado emergency simulation

Mock patients enter the EMTF Mobile Medical Unit (Source: KCBD Video) Mock patients enter the EMTF Mobile Medical Unit (Source: KCBD Video)
Lt. Jaime Salinas, Plainview Police Dept. (Source: KCBD Video) Lt. Jaime Salinas, Plainview Police Dept. (Source: KCBD Video)
Rodney Hunt, Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Region 1 Coordinator (Source: KCBD Video) Rodney Hunt, Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Region 1 Coordinator (Source: KCBD Video)
Plainview hosts tornado simulation (Source: KCBD Video) Plainview hosts tornado simulation (Source: KCBD Video)
PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) -

If a major weather event happened right now, first responders from across the region would be ready.

They held an emergency management exercise on Tuesday, based on the premise that an F-5 tornado had just ripped through the town of Plainview.

"At approximately 9 a.m. today, we had an F-5 tornado that has struck our city," Lt. Jaime Salinas with the Plainview Police Department said, in a mock press conference.

Don't worry, it's not real, though the Plainview Police Department and other area agencies acted as if it was happening in real time.

"We're checking to see how our city responds to an actual disaster and what it takes to be prepared," Salinas explained.

The City of Plainview Emergency Management Center was up and running, in cooperation with 12 different area ambulance services.

Should a natural disaster occur, the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force would deploy their mobile medical unit.

"We've seen 157 patients today, mock patients, in just about four hours," said Rodney Hunt, Texas Emergency Medical Task Force Regional 1 Coordinator.

The mobile medical unit can be set up in about two hours to operate as a 32-bed mobile hospital.

"Today was really just an opportunity to see if we can set the equipment up, use the equipment, utilize the equipment we have and make sure it all functions properly," Hunt said.

Together, the participating agencies got hands-on training to ensure the best care, should an actual crisis occur.

"You always have to stay ahead of the curve," Salinas explains. "Because if you don't prepare, it's going to be utter chaos. At least this way, you have a system. You have something there that's going to help you, help the other guys in preparing for it. So, you know what your role is, because if you go in blind, you don't know what your role is going to be."

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