ETX officials report success at emergency preparedness exercise
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Tyler Emergency Management officials exercised the City’s Emergency Management Plan today to evaluate agency preparedness and interagency communications. Representatives with the Tyler Fire Department and the Tyler Police Department coordinated with the local medical community to exercise various aspects of each agency’s emergency plan.
Agencies participating in today’s exercise, which focused on a mock severe weather-related event, included East Texas Medical Center, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, UT Health Northeast, City of Tyler Emergency Management, Northeast Texas Public Health District, Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council – Area G, and Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital/HealthSouth.
While each agency had specific goals that addressed issues related to that agency’s emergency plans, the overall exercise allowed all agencies to evaluate communications and interaction between various entities. Additionally, the City was able to test their ability to relay emergency information to the public using social media, the City’s website at www.cityoftyler.org and the local government access channel 3.
Local officials are pleased with the results of today’s exercise. Representatives with each agency will participate in a post-incident critique next week to discuss today’s exercise, with the goal of highlighting specific areas that worked efficiently, along with identifying issues that can be improved upon.