Recently, the Southern Columbia Area School District took part in a multi-county emergency reponse drill knicknamed "Kozmo's Khaos." The drill was planned by local police, fire, and medical emergency responders, in conjunction, with the East Central PA Regional Task Force (ECTF), a Regional Homeland Security Task Force serving the citizens of Berks, Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, and Wyoming counties.
 
Knoebels Amusement Resort was the scene for the two-day training exercise which involved over 300 participants, including Southern Columbia Area students who assisted the responders by serving as actors. Because of its close proximity to the District's campus, Southern Columbia's schools also participated in the drill, providing students and staff an opportunity to practice a newly-devised safety plan known as a "secure campus lockdown mode."  This safety measure restricts access into and out of the buildings while allowing instruction and other activites to continue unimpeded inside the schools. According to Rocco DiPietro, a Senior Professional from Cocciardi and Associates, and the lead planner for the two-day drill, Kozmo’s Khaos was a huge success. “There is no doubt ...the region is better prepared to deal with large and complex events.  This is the truest test of our efforts.”
 
For a closer look at the training exercise, please view the video above produced by Bradley Whyne, a member of the Class of 2016 and a Senior Producer of the TigerNews broadcast team. Footage of the drill was captured by freshman TigerNews staffer, Russell Gleeson. The student reporters have crafted an excellent overview of what proved to be a tremendous learning experience for all involved.
 
 

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