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NEWS
June 16, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Emergency crews and homeland security units in Berkeley and Jefferson counties will test their preparedness skills Tuesday and Wednesday as part of an international disaster exercise. Each West Virginia county is assigned with specific challenges during the two-day event to test local and state preparedness response plans, according to a news release. The exercise will involve a mock radiological "dirty bomb" incident in the Washington, D.C., area, said Barbara Miller, Jefferson County's emergency manager.
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NEWS
July 23, 1999
Washington County's Emergency Operations/911 Dispatch Center performed well in a statewide Y2K emergency preparedness exercise Thursday, said Washington County Public Information Officer Norman Bassett. The exercise included 17 different mock drills, ranging from inoperative gas pumps to a plane crash. It was conducted by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. Agency representative Kip Kemboi watched how the state and county responded to problems during the drills and praised the county staff led by County Emergency Operations Manager Ron Karn.
NEWS
October 28, 2011
The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m., the Washington County Office of Emergency Management said Friday. The test will be heard on the radio and seen on local, cable and satellite television, a news release said. It may last up to 3 1/2 minutes. The test is being conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
NEWS
December 2, 2008
JAN. 28, 1944-NOV. 29, 2008 CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Pamela J. Thompson, 64, of Charles Town, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va. Born Jan. 28, 1944, in Jamaica, she was the daughter of the late Boggo Johnson and Olive Gilmore Johnson. She was a supervisor for Fairfax County Schools. She was a member of Rock Spring Church in Charles Town, where she was active on the church hospitality team and in any area of church preparedness where she was able to serve.
NEWS
September 7, 2004
To mark the three-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, several events have been scheduled around the Tri-State area in the coming days. ยท Hagerstown Community College is offering a program of music and inspiration at 11 a.m. Thursday in the College Center. Melissa Miller of Faith Christian Fellowship and bagpiper Charles Fowler will present the program. People may bring a lunch or choose from a full lunch menu at the Hilltop Grill in the HCC College Center.
NEWS
December 1, 2005
How would Washington County residents be evacuated from their homes during a disaster such as Hurricane Katrina? Not very well, judging from the plan produced by Stoyan Russell, the county's emergency planner. Anyone who looks at the facts will be outraged by the lack of preparedness and Russell's insensitive statements about the county's indigent residents. If you didn't read the Nov. 27 story by The Herald-Mail's Erin Cunningham, here are some of the key points: In mid-September, after Hurricane Katrina battered the U.S. Gulf Coast, The Herald-Mail asked for a copy of Washington County's evacuation plan.
NEWS
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | February 27, 1999
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - People shouldn't listen to the panic mongers and hoard an extraordinary amount of supplies in anticipation of millennium mayhem, the director of West Virginia's office of emergency services said Saturday. Instead, they should prepare for the year 2000 by stocking up on food and other supplies as they would for a flood or other natural disaster, John W. Pack Jr. told an audience of about 100 people at the Shepherdstown Men's Club. Pack said he's so confident that vital government and private-sector systems have been fixed or circumvented with a backup plan that he won't be buying a generator or taking more than $100 cash out of the bank.
NEWS
October 16, 2009
Volunteers needed to host exchange students ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is looking for volunteers to serve as area representatives in their local community. ASSE provides academic year, semester and short-term exchange programs in the United States for high school-aged students from around the world. Students are ages 15 to 18, have passed a series of academic and character requirements, and are awaiting an opportunity to live for a time with an American family.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 18, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Some "patients" entered the decontamination shower tent staged near City Hospital in Martinsburg Tuesday afternoon under their own strength. Others were hauled in on stretchers -- motionless, sick from radiological exposure. Detonation of a "dirty bomb" in the Washington, D.C., area brought them to Berkeley County. At least that was the script that emergency response and homeland security officials were given to test preparedness skills this week as part of an international disaster exercise.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 17, 2011
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Tri-State-area residents to participate in its biannual Citizen’s Police Academy. Deputy 1st Class Dan Watson said participants will be taught several aspects of law enforcement, including gang awareness and disaster preparedness. “It’s open to anybody who wants to attend,” Watson said. “The first night is an orientation. They’ll get to talk to (Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore)
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