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IN emergency responders take part in national drill

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MUSCATATUCK, In (WDRB Fox 41)--Emergency responders in Indiana are dealing with some if the worst disasters imaginable.  But it's all simulated.  It is all happening it at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Indiana.

It is all part of a nationwide training exercise designed to prepare emergency responders for any type of natural disaster.

Trees on top of cars, smoke and debris everywhere and hundreds of emergency responder on the scene.  "We've brought in EMS and fire and police to help stabilize and control the scene," says Don Watson, with IN Department of Homeland Security.

It all may look and sound like one of the worst disasters you've ever seen, but it's actually simulated.  "This is a national exercise that has been planned for a couple of years now," says Watson. Indiana is one of eight state participating in this national level exercise.  It simulates two earthquakes, one at the New Madrid Fault and another in the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone, which runs through southern Indiana and into adjoining states.

"We are playing Posey county and the have been devastated by the earthquake that happened two days ago." The simulation includes everything you'd see on the scene of a real disaster...including the wounded, dead, looters, and even that person that just won't seem to stop asking questions or leave but in this case they're all actors.  "So the police has been called in to take control of the situation and make arrest if necessary and get the looters out of the building."

At another site crews rescue a man who is trapped in a pit and even have to simulate an amputation, and as you can see, the rescue is a little tricky and dangerous.  "We have a lot of people in earthquakes who get trapped and especially legs and sometimes the whole building is standing on them and we need to get them out to save their lives and sometimes amputation have to happen," says Warren Todd, with the Indiana Task force.

The national exercise wraps up on Friday.

 

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