4 Tri-County agencies team up for emergency preparedness drill

Emergency disaster training involves preparing for a magnitude 5.5 earthquake. (Source: Live 5)
Emergency disaster training involves preparing for a magnitude 5.5 earthquake. (Source: Live 5)

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - First responders across the Lowcountry are making sure we're prepared for any emergency that comes our way.

At the Dorchester County Emergency Operations Center, the staff is doing joint activation drills with the Town of Mount Pleasant, Charleston County, and the City of North Charleston in its annual emergency drill. On Wednesday, that training is preparing for a 5.5 magnitude earthquake.

These four municipalities are making sure all staff members are prepared for all real-life situations and/or natural disasters.

The Dorchester County Department is activated along with the American Red Cross, the Department of Health and Environmental Control, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, and local police, sheriff's department, fire, and EMS.

"It's important that the folks serving as emergency support functions, and we have more than 24 of them, understand what their roles and responsibilities are now before a real-world event happens," Dorchester County Emergency Management Director Mario Formisano said.

This event is an annual drill in the Lowcountry.

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