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Employees at a South Georgia Hospital got to see what they are really made of Tuesday.

Emergency workers in Worth County went through disaster drill training with hospital staff at Phoebe Worth Medical Center.

Distress calls went out, and mock patients were brought in dealing with all sorts of health problems. Evaluators were on sight to monitor they're procedures, time management, and to make sure they were meeting state standards.

Hospital staff dealt with different scenarios such as a pandemic flu outbreak, a patient carrying a weapon, and having a high volume of patients. They're hoping today's exercises prepare them for the worst.

"We never will know what's going to happen. But our job is to make sure that we go through everything with a fine tooth comb," said Human Resources Director Chris Foreman.

They plan to compile all the data and make any needed changes. 12 other hospitals in the Southwest region also went through disaster training.