The Disaster Drill scheduled for Friday March 2nd will be postponed due to the possibility of inclement weather. The Drill has been rescheduled for Friday March 9th.

According to Steve Jones, Director of the Office Of Emergency Management for Lawrence County, a mock drill will be held Friday morning March 9th at the campus of Sloan Hendrix Schools in Imboden.


The Imboden Volunteer Fire Department, Ravenden Volunteer Fire Department, AET Ambulance and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office will be paged to the school with reports of damage from the reported tornado. Once one scene, additional pages will be sent to the Walnut Ridge Fire Department, Hoxie Fire Department, Black Rock Volunteer Fire Department, Pocahontas Fire Department, Paragould Fire Department, Walnut Ridge Police, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas State Police.


A command post will be set up by the Office of Emergency Management at the Bill McCurley Gym on the campus, this will serve as the nerve center for the operation including all communications. The Command Center has a mobile dispatch and remote operated camera system.


Jones also stated that a triage will be established by firefighters and medical personnel to assess the wounded while assigned search teams will search the high school building for injured and fatal victims.


The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office will hold the perimeter around the school, allowing only those with proper credentials inside the exercise.


The entire exercise is expected to take about 2 hours to complete according to Steve Jones.


For more information on the Imboden Volunteer Fire Department, Walnut Ridge Fire Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Walnut Ridge Police Department or AET Ambulance, visit their websites: