The drill is set for Oct. 19, beginning at 8 a.m.
According to Jerry Johnson Jr., Olin’s Community Action Emergency Response drill will be held on and around Olin property in Charleston.
“We will be testing both CBCEMA’s Nixle notification system as well as Olin’s internal area notification capabilities,” Johnson said.
The scenario is simple, or as always, so it may seem, according to officials.
A possible chemical leak leads to a speculation that it could be terrorist-related. Security responds to an area where a tank or line has been breached. Gunfire was heard in the area moments before. Security personel who responded to the area cannot be contacted and the scenario expands. Emergency responders will go to the area of Lower River Road and find a large cloud of suspected chlorine gas. Foggy conditions as well make it difficult to determine the exact location of the leak.
Monitoring systems indicate a loss of pressure. On-site Olin Emergency Response teams will make initial assessments and local responders will then join forces under Incident Command guidelines to gain control of the incident.
Was it a terrorist related incident…or just hunters who were in the area and had accidentally shot and ruptured a pipeline?
“We will be working to demonstrate the ability to activate the Crisis Management Team and Center for assistance and guidance,” Johnson said.
Other objectives include the notification systems and information systems which would be crucial in time of an area emergency as well as the ability to request assistance from other government agencies, depending on how the scenario unfolds.
According to Johnson, Bradley County Fire Rescue, Bradley County Emergency Medical Service, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, CBCEMA and the Amateur Communications System (HAM), Charleston Police Department and other agencies will be involved in the drill.