Emergency management exercise begins Friday

A regional emergency management exercise will be held at Madison High School in Rexburg, beginning Friday.

The 30-hour exercise begins at 9 a.m. Friday and runs through 2 p.m. Saturday. The exercise is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s an opportunity to show the public what is being done to protect them in case of an emergency, and also educate them on what their role might be,” said Mimi Taylor, public information officer for the Eastern Idaho Public Health District.

Free public classes and training opportunities will be available to the public.

The exercise is funded by counties and agencies participating in the project, including local law enforcement, fire, public health, hospitals and the Civil Air Patrol. Agencies will be drawn from Bonneville, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison and Teton counties.

“We practice pulling all of our regional equipment and supplies together, so that if there ever really was an emergency, which we needed to help with we … could get them deployed to where they are needed,” Taylor said.