STATELINE (WIFR) -- Dozens of community members sat down today to prepare for the unthinkable. Representatives from 12 area hospitals, local school districts, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency all met at Forest Hills Country Club with the goal to start getting to know each other now, so that in the event of a disaster, they have a plan of action.
Today representatives discussed everything from a possible nuclear meltdown at Byron, to evacuating a hospital during a tornado.
We spoke with the organizer of today's event who says it's important to be ready for anything.
“What happens is, if there is an incident that makes nationwide news, you know like the incidents in Colorado, or what happened at NIU, that becomes the main focus for some of these hospitals, because they realize 'oh, that can happen. We need to start training people for that,’” said Stephanie Kuschel, an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with Rockford Memorial Hospital.
Kuschel also emphasized how important it is for us to be ready for an emergency at home. For tips on how to prepare, please visit the Medical Reserve Corps at https://www.medicalreservecorps.gov, to register and learn more information.