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Smyrna drill tests public-private emergency plan

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SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) -

The City of Smyrna is planning to host a tornado drill later this month that could become a national model for federal agencies.

The city is working with a local hospital to create a joint emergency operations center and the drill is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's program titled "America's Prepareathon."

During the drill, hospital administrators and local emergency responders will simulate a tornado hitting a wing of the hospital and patients needing to be evacuated from the building.

The public-private partnership between the city and Emory-Adventist hospital is expected to allow the city and the facility to consolidate effort and share resources.

The drill is scheduled for Friday at noon.

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