On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 the Kilgore Independent School District will conduct a “Mock” pandemic exercise from 8:30 until 11:00 at Kilgore Primary School. This drill is in connection with the Northeast Texas Public Health District, Gregg County, the City of Kilgore, and Kilgore Public Schools. The purpose of this drill is to test the POD location and all the entities that will be involved in the rare case of an actual event. There is 98% likelihood that if such an emergency should arise, schools would be closed and certain other public entities may be closed as well. This drill will fulfill many State and Federal requirements for the City, County and the School District. This is a major part of Public Health Emergency Preparedness not only for the City of Kilgore and schools, but also Gregg County.
In the rare case of a pandemic outbreak, Kilgore Primary School will be one of seven sites in which citizens from Gregg and Rusk County could go and receive vaccines, medicines and other possible preventative treatments. In this exercise, there are a number of agencies that will be coordinating their preparedness efforts in case of such an event. A few of the participants in this drill will be the Kilgore ISD Emergency Management Team, Kilgore Police Department, Kilgore Fire Department, as well as Health Science students from Kilgore High School, UT Tyler, LeTourneau and Kilgore Jr. College nursing students.
Again, THIS IS ONLY A DRILL! On Wednesday, February 17 from 8:30 until about 11:00 there will be abundance about of emergency response vehicles on site to participate in this exercise.
Dennis D. Williams
Deputy Superintendent/Emergency Management Coordinator