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Suburban Public Works Directors Association sponsors disaster drill in Homewood

An imaginary microburst storm hit Homewood on Thursday, Oct. 26, downing trees and making main thoroughfares impassable.

Luckily, it was a test and only a test for public works officials. The storm events served as the scenario for the first major disaster drill sponsored by the Suburban Public Works Directors Association.

The organization, formed just a few years ago, provides mutual aid service to 35 member communities in the South Suburbs.

At 7:30 a.m., Homewood Assistant Public Works Director Dave Ebert made a call to E-Com, the local emergency dispatch center, to report the storm damage and initiate a request for mutual aid. He declared it a Level 1 disaster…Please click here to read Eric Crump’s story in the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle.

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