Mass-casualty earthquake drill held in Ogden

Friday, April 20, 2012
By Paul Martin

By Jamie Lampros
Standard-Examiner
Fri, 04/20/201

OGDEN — Anthony Thompson was in shock, disoriented and combative.

As an emergency medical responder restrained him in the middle of a parking lot, Thompson screamed out in pain.

Thompson said he had been in the lobby of an old building on 20th Street. Glass was embedded in his skin and bones were sticking through his skin. He was crying, coughing and had become disorderly. Emergency rescuers had to hold him down, so he wouldn’t hurt himself further.

But none of it was real. Instead, it was a multiagency, multijurisdictional mass-casualty drill. Emergency officials wanted to make it as life-like as possible, so they could test the region’s ability to communicate and coordinate a response to a catastrophic earthquake in Northern Utah.

The mock scenario continued inside an adjacent building, where dozens of people were waiting for help after suffering their own injuries. Many of them were trapped.

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