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FEMA Exercise Puts Northfield Township First Responders To The Test

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Northfield Township Road District brought together first responders from the villages of Northbrook, Northfield and Glenview, along with the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, to participate jointly in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Virtual Tabletop Exercise.

The exercise was hosted by Allstate Insurance Company as part of its ongoing efforts to establish and strengthen collaborative public-private partnerships in disaster response and recovery. The simulation allowed Northfield Township's local jurisdictions to gather together and discuss collectively how they would manage the emergency as presented.

"Allstate was pleased to partner with first responders in our community and host this event," said Brandi Landreth, director of facilities, security and BCP for Allstate. "Planning and preparation before a crisis strikes can have a substantial effect in improving response and mitigating damage during an event."

Northfield Township Road District's application on behalf of the participating local jurisdictions was part of a competitive selection process by FEMA's training arm, the Emergency Management Institute. The Road District's application was one of just 10 sites selected from more than 60 applications nationally to participate in today's exercise.  Northfield Township's combined application was selected as a host site "due in large part to the multi-jurisdictional approach," said training specialist Todd Wheeler of the Emergency Management Institute.

"Communication, coordination, and collaboration are the keys to a successful response and recovery from a disaster situation," Wheeler said. "Participation across boundaries as well as up the ladder at the county level and reaching across to the private sector demonstrates that the response organizations in local government in this area already have a big head start. We don't always see that."

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