Ever wonder what happens in an emergency situation? Where the central location for management is located?
Well, on this learning trip to the Peoria County Emergency Management Agency, OLLI members were able to observe first-hand where the agency operations are housed.
Before our insightful visit to the Peoria Co. EMA, OLLI members enjoyed a fabulous buffet spread at the Kickapoo Creek Winery, complete with various dessert options, and my favorite--garlic mashed potatoes.
To no surprise, we had some difficulty locating the EMA. You see, the Peoria County EMA is actually located in an underground bunker. However, we knew we were in the right place once we found the Peoria County Diving Team's trailer and boat in front of the EMA. Quite amusing to see the emergency vehicles parked next to the OLLI Shuttle.
After learning about the history of the Peoria Co. EMA, we headed underground to see where the operations are held.
You would have no idea that underneath the dirt and grass, entire agency operations are taking place. It was fascinating learning about the many facets behind the Peoria Co. EMA, and just how much goes into preparing for emergency situations. The EMA is equipped with monitors, radio systems, and communications that allow staff to dispatch emergencies readily and efficiently.
Thank you to our wonderful guides for an incredibly informative visit!
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OLLI at Bradley