Saturday, April 10, 1999

Mobilization was instant




BY LUCY MAY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        As soon as Friday morning's storm hit a trailer in Addyston, Hamilton County's communications center knew about it.

        The center immediately was inundated with 911 calls from residents and radio transmissions from law enforcement.

        The center then activated the Hamilton County Disaster Network, said Bill Hinkle, the center director.

        The network puts hospitals throughout the Tristate on notice through a radio network.

        It also alerts the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross and the Academy of Medicine, which notifies doctors in special medical assistance teams.

        Once a command post is established at the scene of the disaster, the communications center starts taking orders from the commander, Mr. Hinkle said.

        Fire and police personnel from throughout the county responded to the storm. Friday morning, Hamilton County's communication center had reports of 27 life squads responding in the Blue Ash and Montgomery area, Mr. Hinkle said.

       



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Families flew from their beds
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House is a cheap price to pay for life
Community safe, serene and vulnerable
In Addyston and Ripley County, some feel blessed just to be alive
Survivors eager to swap stories
Two died in field; two died on roads
Adjusters quick to arrive at disaster
To file a claim
Dealing with storm aftermath
Don't rush repairs after storm
Tips to picking a contractor
Kids need help to overcome grief, fears
Talking to kids
Phones, power out until Sunday
Rescue team did tough job
Storm could spur support for tax levy
Storms' memories linger after damage is repaired
- Mobilization was instant
Tornado tales
TV/radio stations had reason to boast
Volunteers grab chain saws, mops as workers untangle wires
At least 7 businesses destroyed
911 calls reveal confusion, fear

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