Periodic Test Exercise held at Little White River Dam

By Marj Frew

The phone rings. You answer. Within minutes you are at your designated location, and are handed a folder with your assigned duties.

No, you’re not a spy. You are one of the local citizens who has been trained to respond in the event of a disaster of any sort, which might occur in Bennett County.

Bennett County Emergency Manager Jeff Siscoe led the 2019 Periodic Test Exercise at the Little White River Dam, (The Project,) on Thursday, September 18.

The exercise is a required training which gives elected and appointed officials, observers, media, and others interested in the process, the information they need to learn how to react in the face of an actual emergency event.

This year’s training was a full scale exercise, which lasted for three hours at the Little White River Project near Tuthill. Participants working with Siscoe included two men from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lacreek Refuge staff; two men from an engineering firm from Gannett Fleming Engineering in Pennsylvania; Hydologist Melissa Smith and Meteorologist Steve Tremarchi, Rapid City National Weather Service staff; Bennett County Commissioner Rolf Kraft; and Director of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Emergency Management, Steve Wilson.

(See p. 9, 10-2-2019 edition for full text)

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