Wauseon schools will participate in an Emergency Management Test involving a train derailment this week. The district and buildings perform either a tabletop, functional or full scale drill each year.
This year the district will perform a full scale Emergency Management Test on Tuesday in cooperation with other agencies. These agencies include the Wauseon Fire Department, Wauseon Police Department, Fulton County Emergency Management Agency, Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Ohio Emergency Management Agency, and Norfolk Southern Railroad.
The full scale drill will include a train car derailment with a flammable liquid.
Although Norfolk Southern Railroad is assisting with the drill, the railroad tracks will be live and the derailment will not be real.
All four Wauseon school buildings will participate in the drill that will include shelter in place, evacuation via buses, evacuation via walking, multiple communication platforms and reunification. The purpose of the drill is the same as a fire or tornado drill, to be prepared in case of an emergency.