St. Louis County Public Health will host a large-scale emergency shelter drill involving more than 60 people from six counties and other service organizations Tuesday at Miners Memorial Building in Virginia.
The all-day session will include classroom training as well as hands on practice setting up an emergency shelter. Public Health staff from Aitkin County, Carlton County, Cook County, Koochiching County, Lake County and St. Louis County will participate, along with representatives from the American Red Cross, 148th Fighter Wing, Salvation Army and other human service organizations, plus ham radio volunteers.
“This is training that we hope we never need,” said St. Louis County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Scott Lesnau. “But as we saw with the Husky refinery fire and resulting evacuations last spring, we can be called at a moment’s notice to set up a shelter, so it’s important we practice with our community partners so we all understand each other’s roles, what needs to be done, and what resources we each have to contribute.”