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Worth Co. prepares for disaster with flu clinic drill

WORTH CO., GA (WALB) -

Health workers gave flu vaccines but it was also practiced in case they had to give out medicine to a lot of people in a pandemic or other emergencies.

Worth County will serve as a model for the State as the local health department and emergency agencies work together for a full scale exercise.

Worth County leaders are getting the community better prepared for disasters.

"Our community leaders come together once a year to do this drill," said Gina Connell.

Without any outside support, Worth Countians worked alone to provide this drive-through flu shot clinic drill.

"If we would have to give out any medications this will be how we do it," said Connell.

This full drill also serves as practice for other potential dangers.

"We had several floods in the past years where we actually set up the flu clinic just as you see here for people getting sandbags in the event our water system go down we can set up and pass out water just like the flu clinic," said Thomas Whittington, Worth EMA Director.

All emergency agencies and the Worth County Health Department participated in the event. In two hours, they gave 54 flu shots, including to me for the first time.

Officials say it only takes a matter of minutes for someone to make it through the drive-thru clinic. They say timing can be an issue during emergencies.

"In a true disaster people are going to be panicky and in a rush. This to help in establishing that time frame," said Debbie Bridges, City Mgr, and Evaluator.

And practice makes it better every year.

"Each year we do stressors. We try to stress the systems. At our communication table with 911. We have the amateur radio set in the event we should have a communication drop, said Whittington.

Today's event is the 5th year for this type of drill in Worth County.

Worth County's officials presented the disaster exercise at a convention in Savannah earlier this year.

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