News-Herald Staff Writer

SCIO – Emergency crews will be out en masse April 5 for a full-scale disaster exercise linked to the oil and gas industry in Scio.

Lorna Bower, director of the Harrison County Office of Homeland Security, Emergency Management Agency and 911, said the event starts at 6 p.m. Sites will be set up near the American Legion, Scio Park and Jewett Volunteer Fire Department as part of the simulation. The exercise is required for grant funding and the EMA holds several events to obtain funding, including a tabletop exercise, functional exercise and full-scale event.

She said the simulation was not specific to any location and will be done throughout the area, while the volunteer fire departments have agreed to participate to raise awareness of situations and response plans and demonstrate their willingness and ability to protect the county’s citizens. Bower noted it was also based on the most plausible incidents that may occur.

“The main reason we have exercises is we’re testing our Emergency Operations Plan and we’re testing our abilities to work that plan. I hope to be able to have this exercise at various locations around the county. I think with the wells, pipelines and fractionators, every citizen needs to be aware of the possibility [that this could happen] and it’s better to be prepared.”

For more information, contact Bower at 740-942-3922.

Find out more about the exercise in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.