Disaster drill tests Liberty Village’s emergency plan
PRINCETON — A full-scale disaster drill simulating a fire and 11 volunteer victims was conducted Thursday at Liberty Village in Princeton.
The drill, held to test the home’s emergency plan, will also help the facility with 152 beds meet a new state requirement that all nursing homes have an emergency plan in place and conduct drills every year in case of a real emergency like the tornado that struck the LaSalle County Nursing Home earlier this year.
Administrator Peggy Holt felt Thursday’s disaster drill “went well overall and was a real learning experience for us. We will sit down with the hospital and fire department to discuss how we can improve and to figure out what went right and wrong.”
The disaster consisted of a fake fire in the home’s Bounce Back wing with the “residents” being taken outside and others receiving burns and smoke inhalation who were taken by ambulance to Perry Memorial Hospital. Most victims were either evacuated to parking areas or the nearby New Hope Church of the Nazarene.
Lynn Olds, director of marketing and sales, said the nursing home participated in a previous county-wide drill which opened the eyes of personnel on issues that can’t be anticipated in an emergency without going through a disaster drill like Thursday’s event.
“We want to be prepared to deal with issues that arise during any emergency,” she said.
Holt said a group of fire, police and hospital personnel from Bureau and Putnam counties meets regularly to plan for emergencies. The state of Illinois is requiring a more in-depth plan versus the basic plan that all facilities have in place now due to hurricanes and other emergencies around the country, Holt said.
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