Charleston area residents received notification in their mail Thursday noting an upcoming exercise is scheduled for Saturday.
Olin Chlor Alkali officials said the drill is being conducted to enhance safety management procedures in the event of an emergency incident.
Olin Corporation and Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency will conduct an Emergency Preparedness Drill beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.
According to the notice from Olin which was delivered to the area households, a portion of Lower River Road near the Olin facility may be closed during the drill.
Members of CBCEMA, Charleston Police, Bradley County Fire-Rescue, Cleveland Fire Department and Olin officials will be “on the ground” during the exercise. CBCEMA will also be testing its local public notification systems.
According to CBCEMA, the objectives of the drill are to demonstrate the ability to activate the Crisis Management Team and Center, test provisions for public information and emergency procedures, following Incident Command plans and a unified response along with recovery through proper assessment and management.
The drill will also test the needs of medical response, fire and hazardous materials response and proper communication abilities between agencies.
Simulated smoke may be present in the area of Lower River Road and areas of the Olin facility. The biotechnology firm Lonza Group will also coordinate with emergency managers, according to Olin officials.
“Our Charleston plant has an outstanding safety record,” said Ken Corley, plant manager at the Charleston facility.
“This drill is a part of our ongoing efforts to further enhance our safety and health initiatives. We are proud to be a part of this community and we appreciate the opportunity to work with emergency management personnel to anticipate and prepare for potential incidents. We know our responsibility as a corporate citizen and neighbor in Bradley County,” said Corley.
“These drills help prepare all of those who are involved in emergency management in this community.”
BCFR Chief Troy Maney said this will be the first exercise with Olin since all of the new fire stations have been placed into service.
“This will be a great opportunity to see how resources are placed and utilized,” said CBCEMA Director Troy Spence.