Your help needed for tri-county pill drill - - Texoma news, weather and sports

Your help needed for tri-county pill drill

Posted: Updated:

ARDMORE, Okla. -- When the unthinkable happens to you and your family, do you have a plan for disasters? And how prepared are the first responders in your area?

Amid all the natural disasters the U.S. has encountered -- from hurricanes to wildfires -- a well thought-out emergency plan is needed.

On Thursday, health officials in Carter, Love, and Johnston counties will act like the plague is rampant through Texoma, and they need your help to get the most out this learning experience.

"The last scenario was done about 10 years ago, and this is kind of a refresher for everybody," Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant explained.

That sets the stage for Thursday's mass medication drill.

"From 9:45 to 11, we are looking for volunteers from the community to participate through our drive-through sites," said Johnston County Health Department spokesperson Brandi Straka.

Here's where the drill will take place on Thursday morning:

    • Ardmore Convention Center, 2401 North Rockford Road
    • Healdton High School, 2763 West Texas Street.
    • The industrial park in Tishomingo
    • Marietta High School football stadium parking lot, US 77 at Mayall Street.

"They are probably looking at no more than a 10-minute drive-through time," said Ardmore police Deputy Chief Kevin Norris.  "Our emphasis is getting people from the public to participate. So if it was a live exercise, we could see exactly how many people we could inoculate and get the meds to."

Officials say this tri-county drill is also beneficial to citizens.

"The community would know what routes they would need to to take, as far as the vehicles, where they would be driving, and where the distribution points would be, and just kind of the routine of the day so to speak," Norris said.

Organizers tell us volunteers will fill out some basic paperwork, then go through a drive-through line and pick up an empty pill bottle.

  • Submit a News Tip

    Do you have a news tip for KTEN?

    Begin by entering your email address in the field below or call 903-548-4010

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Your news tip has been submitted. If you provided contact information, we might use it to reach out to you if additional information is required.