Area agencies take proactive steps to prepare for worst at Lawrence Municipal Airport

By Tabatha Mills
Lawrence 6 News – May 7, 2015


What would happen if a plane transporting KU students and staff crashed at the Lawrence Municipal Airport? Not only that, but what if it crashed into hazardous materials which burst into flames and endangered the city?

Given recent national security concerns at airports, that’s the scenario Douglas County Emergency Management presented to multiple agencies Thursday morning in a table-top workshop.

Although highly specific, if something of that nature were to occur here, the agencies discussed how they would respond and control the situation, an essential proactive step according to emergency officials.

“We’re talking through to find out what procedures are in place, what procedures perhaps that need to be developed or improved upon, would we be able to communicate with each other,” said Bob Newton, Public Information Officer for Douglas County Emergency Management.

The exercise was made possible through a $30,000 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness grant from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

Personnel from area agencies, included; Bert Nash Emergency Response Team, Douglas County Emergency Communications Center, Douglas County Emergency Management, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Lawrence Municipal Airport, Lawrence Police Department, Leavenworth County Emergency Management, University of Kansas, and local public information officers participated.

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