Emergency officials ready if needed

Published 5:00 am Monday, October 15, 2001

As the nation remains on alert in the wake of the Sept. 11terrorist attacks, Brookhaven and Lincoln County emergency servicesleaders met last week to discuss strategy and plans should atragedy occur here.

The meeting involved the civil defense, law enforcement, fire,hospital and health officials. According to Civil Defense DirectorCliff Galey, officials here now have plans in place to cover mostall contingencies.

Phillip Grady, King’s Daughters Medical Center CEO, said thehospital is also prepared in the event of an emergency. KDMC isstaying in contact with the American Hospital Association andkeeping abreast of procedures for handling various situations.Also, he said, state and federal emergency management agency plansare in place for providing the hospital with additional resourcesif needed.

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The emergency officials conceded at the Wednesday meeting thatchances of an attack here seem remote, and we think they’reright.

But, we sure are glad to know they’re ready just in case.