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City emergency drill prepares officials for train derailment

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Tuesday Lufkin police and fire, public works officials and various city departments got a crash course disaster drill.

Each year the city hosts the drill with scenarios from hurricanes and tornadoes to chemical releases in industrial facilities.

The eight hour drill has two phases, a four hour response period and a four hour recovery period.

This year's scenario has happened in rural communities across the nation.                           

"We had a train derailment in the downtown area of Lufkin with a chemical release and how would we respond to that, so we are documenting that in our web EOC software," said Keith Wright, Deputy City Manager.

The web EOC software has various functions in each disaster phase.

It's used across the state and gives the city direct contact to request supplies and manpower.

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