Emergency Officials Prepare For Disaster

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Emergency personnel are preparing for the worst.

More than 100 officials are in Topeka Tuesday and Wednesday to take part in a full-scale disaster response exercise.

The drills bring first responders together from different backgrounds to practice their plans and skills for when they're called into action for real.

"This tests the abilities of our incident management teams and our search and rescue teams that we've funded for the last five or six years with homeland security funds," said Alan Radcliffe, who acted as incident commander for Tuesday's exercise. "This allows us to bring in our equipment and test it and also all the training our personnel have had, to put that training to use."

Teams are practicing skills such as wide-area search, building shoring and high-angle rescue during the two day exercise.