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Volunteer Actors Needed for Friday's County Emergency Training

Emergency responders in Prince George's County will simulate flooding in the Upper Marlboro area Friday and use volunteers as evacuees. Students can earn community service hours for taking part.

Emergency responders in Prince George's County will simulate flooding in the Upper Marlboro area Friday and use volunteers as evacuees. File|Patch
Emergency responders in Prince George's County will simulate flooding in the Upper Marlboro area Friday and use volunteers as evacuees. File|Patch
A simulated emergency -- flooding throughout Prince George’s County -- will be held on Friday by the Office of Emergency Management to gauge responders' preparedness.

The exercise will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School, 12650 Brooke Lane, and surrounding vicinity in Upper Marlboro.

Volunteer actors are needed to enhance the opportunity for emergency responders to practice readiness and enhance capabilities. If interested in volunteering as an actor for this exercise, click here to register.

Individuals, including those with specific access needs, are encouraged to participate in this exercise. In addition, individuals with movement devices (wheelchairs, etc.) are encouraged to use these items during the exercise.

Snacks and hot lunches will be provided to all exercise participants. Registration closes at midnight on Tuesday, July 8. Prince George’s County Public School students can receive community service hours for participating in the simulation.

The exercise will include moving actors from predetermined locations in the county to a shelter. The predetermined locations will simulate evacuation collection points and a door to door evacuation process.

The overall objective of the exercise is to demonstrate the ability to effectively evacuate large neighborhoods within the county and establish appropriate facilities for sheltering residents and their pets. 

Residents who live near Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School should note the increased activity of public safety personnel and vehicles on Friday as part of the training exercise.

For more information, call the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management at (301) 780-8157.

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