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Utah City Pays Tribute to 9/11 with Citywide Emergency Drill September 14, 2009

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Utah City Pays Tribute to 9/11 with Citywide Emergency Drill
Randall Jeppesen
KSL
September 11, 2009

LINDON — Lindon city is remembering 9/11 by holding a citywide emergency drill.

Police Chief Cody Cullimore said natural disaster drills took place Friday morning in every school in the city. “So that we could safely account for every child in the school and determine if the buildings are OK to shelter those children,” he said.

A large-scale drill is set for Friday night. Police sirens will be sounded throughout the city around 6 p.m.

“The goal at that point is to account for every citizen of Lindon, from the neighborhood level up through an area level, and then to be reported to the emergency operations center,” Cullimore said.

The city’s emergency plan chain of command has the nearly 11,000 residents divided up into three areas. Those areas are divided up into neighborhoods, which in turn are divided up into blocks that have emergency block leaders.

A major focus of the drill will be to test the city’s ability to communicate quickly during a disaster, both with technology and without it.

“We will have runners who are actually on foot or on bicycle taking this information to the next level,” said Cullimore.

The chief also says 9/11 is a great day to test the city’s preparedness.

“Everyone I think today really does have a heightened awareness of our vulnerability. If we are able to grow from that rather than just worry and become paranoid because of it, I think that’s a good thing,” said Cullimore.

There are several cities around the county and here in Utah also taking part in drills today. It is part of a program known as Drill Down for Safety.

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