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October 11, 2012

C'town to hold emergency drill

Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown will have an emergency preparedness drill between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, a media release issued by the Cooperstown Police Department said, and some village streets may be closed for a brief period.

The large-scale event will involve personnel from Bassett Medical Center, the village of Cooperstown, village and state police, Otsego County deputies, Cooperstown Fire Department and emergency crews and Otsego County Emergency Preparedness.

Bassett spokeswoman Karen Huxtable said drills are conducted throughout the year on a smaller scale than Saturday’s exercise. The Bassett Incident Command Team has ``table top’’ exercises monthly, she said, and exercises with departmental emergency responses may be held quarterly.

Larger exercises with law enforcement and other agencies are important to be as effective as possible in an actual emergency, Huxtable said in an email Wednesday.

Police said more than a usual number of emergency vehicles may entering and leaving the Bassett campus during the drill.

Also during the drill, traffic may be detoured around Beaver Street, Fair Street and parts of Pioneer Street, police said. However, residents living on those streets will be able to leave and return as needed.

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