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Local officials praise federal training for emergencies

Representatives from Columbia and Boone County plan to meet within a month to determine how to apply lessons from a disaster drill in Maryland to the county’s emergency management plan. Seventy representatives from Boone County faced a simulated snow storm, a pair of tornadoes and a storm’s aftermath last week in a course at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Md. The federal program provides similar training to about 140 communities a year at a cost of about $4 million a year. The drill tested all aspects of emergency management in Boone County and revealed areas that need to be improved, said Paula Hertwig Hopkins, assistant manager for the city of Columbia. Full Story

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