An Emergency Management Preparedness Drill will be conducted June 15.

The emergency will simulate a chemical spill, and Sheriff Kerry Lee said it will likely be at the County Courthouse in Panaca following the County Commissioners meeting.

Emergency Management Director Rick Stever said the areas involved will be clearly marked, and in order to keep the activities as real as possible, the drill area will not be open to the public.

The event is being conducted “in order to test, evaluate and improve, where necessary, your community’s overall preparedness for an emergency event,” Stever said.

Drill participants will respond to a simulated hazardous material incident. Responders and vehicles will respond and treat and transport volunteers who are pretending to be victims.

NOTE: THIS IS ONLY A DRILL

Nonetheless, emergency responders will follow and perform all necessary activities just as if it were a real incident.

Stever added, “There are simple steps anyone can take to prepare themselves and their loved ones for emergencies: be informed, make a plan, build a disaster supply kit, and get involved through opportunities that support community preparedness. By gathering supplies to meet basic needs, discussing what to do during an emergency with your family in advance and being aware of the risks and appropriate actions, you will be better prepared for the unexpected and can better help prepare your community and the country.

You are asked to visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-237-3239.”