Denton, Texas -- Are Clovis and Portales ready for a chemical spill? We are about to find out. FEMA, the State, and the communities of Clovis and Portales are preparing to test local response to hazardous materials incidents.
Local officials have spent months refining and developing emergency response procedures. Fire, law enforcement, medical staff and industry will jointly test the plan in a two-hour exercise on September 16, at 8:00am. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VI will direct the evaluation.
The evaluation will use a national program developed by FEMA Region VI called CHER-CAP- Comprehensive Hazmat Emergency Response - Capability Assessment Program.
Exercise players are from city, county and state governments, private business, volunteer organizations and FEMA. They include fire, law enforcement, medical staff and local industries. BNSF Railroad is partnering with others to support the exercise.
Peer evaluators will evaluate the players' activities. Victims and evacuees will be provided by community volunteers. The public is welcome to observe the exercise at BNSF Railroad track and CR 4.