CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - State and federal first responders will be working on earthquake training throughout Cape Giradeau June 3 through June 7.
Public safety and health professionals are gearing up for ‘Shaken Fury 2019’ field exercises.
‘Shaken Fury’ is a week-long national exercise to help communities prepare their response to an earthquake.
This year participants will be ‘responding’ to a mock 7.7 magnitude earthquake scenario.
On June 4, crews train in rescuing trapped victims inside a collapsed building using drilling methods.
Tents were setup as triage units to determine the severity of injuries.
The purpose of the event is to evaluate, improve, strategize, recognize gaps and coordinate resources in responding to a disaster.
Helicopters, medical triage tent, staged collapsed building and other equipment will be used during the training exercise.
According to the City of Cape Girardeau, the Missouri National Guard and Missouri Task Force 1 are planning to fly in equipment and personnel to train alongside Southeast Missouri’s Region E Homeland Security Response Team (HSRT), SoutheastHEALTH’s emergency medical personnel and Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Public Safety. Approximately 30 to 40 out-of-area personnel are expected to be training in Cape Giradeau.
Crews with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Jackson Fire and Rescue and South Scott Ambulance will also be participating.
Activity will also be seen around Plaza Way and Cape Girardeau Junior High.
While the training is taking place, drivers traveling near any of the practice sites are urged to use caution and not to get distracted by the activity.
The public is also urged to to give public safety and health personnel space to conduct their field exercises. The City of Cape Girardeau suggests following the exercises on social media.
Organizers of ‘Shaken Fury’ hope this event will encourage the public to develop their own disaster preparedness plan whether it is for an earthquake, tornado, flooding or other emergency.