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North Mississippi emergency workers train in earthquake drill

By Chip Washington - bio | email

TUNICA, MS (WMC-TV) - Would you know what to do if a major earthquake hit the Mid-South? Tuesday, north Mississippi rescue workers practiced in a drill designed to prepare them in case of a real emergency.

In the event there is ever an earthquake in the immediate or surrounding areas, Homeland Security is making sure emergency responders are trained to handle the situation.

Tuesday, the Paul Battle Arena in Tunica was the command center for an earthquake drill. The exercise helped train nearly 60 volunteers from northern Mississippi learn tasks like how pull out a car lodged in a water filled crevice.

"You run into situations where you have to adapt and overcome," Southaven firefighter Jimmy Wiseman said. "The more training we get, the better we are."

The training is sponsored and paid for by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.  Officials said they usually hold two to three events per year for the Northern, Central and Southern parts of Mississippi.

Tuesday's training was scheduled while many units from across the state were close by to help the victims of the recent Yazoo City tornado.

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