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Mock assistance center helps Oneida Co. prepare for mass casualty event Submitted: 05/09/2019
RHINELANDER - Two years ago, a shooter killed 58 people and injured hundreds more at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

On Thursday, a simulation in Rhinelander used the aftermath of that event, in part, as a model for responding to a crisis.

"The point is is that, we will be ready as a region, together, for this," said Oneida Co. Health Dept. Assistant Director Marta McMillion, who helped organize the event.

The health department set up a mock family assistance center at Grace Foursquare Church. It was designed for workers to practice connecting victims of fire, natural disaster, or emergency to the resources they need.
"This plan that we have is actually not one that we have ever actually exercised to this capacity or this scale before. The point of the exercise is to kind of stress it and figure out what we do well [and] what we maybe need to improve," McMillion said.

More than 60 people were involved in the event, including emergency workers and actors playing victims.

They practiced setting up and using rooms for first aid, mental health, and family reunification.

Written By: Ben Meyer

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