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Country Meadows stages mock disaster drill

By Meghan Packer, Reporter, MPacker@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 15 2013 04:06:41 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 16 2013 12:17:16 PM CDT

When disaster strikes, it's critical everyone is prepared.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

When disaster strikes, it's critical everyone is prepared. Country Meadows Retirement Community in Allentown went to great lengths Tuesday to make sure residents and employees know what to do in an emergency. They held a mock disaster drill.

"We staged one of our buses hitting the building, causing some structural damage. Some of our co-workers were on the bus and apparently our driver had a heart attack," said Anne Melick, Executive Director of Independent Services at Country Meadows.

At first glance the scene looked serious with the bus pulled up close to the building, several emergency vehicles with sirens blaring, and emergency responders tending to patients who even had fake blood on them.

Everyone inside the building was evacuated and the employees took roll.

"It was horrifying when you think of what really could happen," said resident Joyce Horowski.

Resident Jacqueline Oldenbusch said, "I thought it was great, what if something like that should really happen?"

This is the second year Country Meadows held a mock disaster drill and they plan to do it every year, choosing different disaster scenarios and focusing on different buildings on the property.

"It's kind of scary. Especially when you see all the fire engines coming in, but you get a sense, too, that these are people who really care and they're here to help us and support us," said Melick. "We just need to prepare in these times. We just don't know what's going to happen."

Melick added, "I think we all, even at home, should have a disaster plan where your family meets, or you're in a store, you need to be able to evacuate a store."