Emergency Plans Prepared

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Preparing for the worst was the goal of a discussion in Topeka Wednesday.

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management hosted several state agencies in a review of their continuity of operations plans. The gathering gave agencies a chance to review how they would continue functioning to serve citizens in the even of a disaster. They also tested the plans with a fictional disaster scenario.

"As those responsible for the health and safety of Kansans, we have a duty to respond in times of disaster, even when those disasters affect us," Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli said.

Tafanelli said agencies most know how they would do their jobs when any of a variety of disasters should strike. He says plans would be revised to address any shortcomings identified in Wednesday's exercise.

Notification, communications, alternate facilities and mission-essential functions were among the areas of focus.

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