Redstone Arsenal emergency exercise focuses on natural disasters

Redstone Arsenal emergency exercise focuses on natural disasters

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Redstone Arsenal conducted their annual full-scale installation emergency exercise on Tuesday.

This year, they assessed how the Arsenal handles a natural disaster, like a tornado.

The drill started at 9 a.m. and ran for a few hours.

"In the event that a tornado does impact, there are certain response mechanisms that we're going to employ to assist in recovery in response to a tornado event," said Dan Huber, one of the exercise's observation controllers.

Those mechanisms Huber mentioned are things like bringing in other emergency response agencies to help out.

The exercise was in one of the neighborhoods on Redstone.

They put trees and power lines and even brought in a junk car and smashed it with a pole to simulate a situation they might find when a tornado blows through.

Redstone emergency crews, police and HEMSI all helped out.

Firefighters had to cut through the trees and move the power line poles out of the way to get to the volunteers at the end of the roadway. The firefighters said they treated the drill as if a tornado actually hit Redstone and felt they responded well.

"You're going to have to learn how to assess the situation and deal with all the different types of events that take place that's unprepared, but you understand that unpredictability is one of the things that you just don't know. We have a casualty hanging from one of the trees right now, and that's just not something you see on a normal day to day activity, and you got to respond to that," said Huber.

Overall, Redstone officials believe the day was well spent in the simulated activities to assess their preparedness, response and recovery time for a natural disaster.

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