Media Alert

May 25, 2012


Full-Scale Disaster Response Training 

Exercise Tests Local Readiness

Lake County Emergency Management Agency, the Army Reserve's 335th Signal Command (Theater) and Grainger host practice to prepare for real incident

WHAT: 500+ first responders, Army Reservists, business and community leaders participate in a full-scale disaster response exercise and emergency preparedness forum.

WHO: Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Monken, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Exercise Participants: Lake County Emergency Responders, Lake County Emergency Management Agency, 335th Signal Command (Theater), U.S. Navy, American Red Cross, Lake-Cook Regional Critical Incident Partnership, Grainger

WHEN: Saturday, June 2, 2012
8 a.m. Interlinking Public-Private Resources: Strengthening Partnerships BEFORE an Incident Occurs
(Grainger, Lake County Illinois Management Agency, American Red Cross Present)
9:30 a.m. Disaster Response Drill: Local fire and rescue squads, 25+ emergency response vehicles, HAZMAT Decontamination, Grainger Emergency Preparedness Trailer
11:30 a.m. Disaster Drill Debrief
12:30 p.m. Keynote Address, Jonathan Monken, Director IEMA

WHERE: Grainger Headquarters, 100 Grainger Parkway, Lake Forest, IL 60045 (Riverwoods and IL Route 60 Intersection)

WHY: Full-scale training exercises are necessary in order to be prepared for potential critical incidents. The purpose of this exercise is to build relationships between public and private organizations and create a network of preparedness in communities. Private companies, along with federal, state and local public agencies will have to work through the complexities of a critical incident involving multiple response teams. Understanding communications, learning capabilities and evaluating plans are key factors in ensuring a better outcome in a disaster.
Kellie Harris, Grainger
Jennie Vana, Lake County   


MAJ Carla Debro
335th Signal Command (Theater)