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Emergency drill in Providence

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By Liz Tufts


Thousands of city workers poured out of their office buildings to test out a disaster scenario.

     It's lunch time in downtown Providence and a natural disaster is heading toward's the city. With little time to spare, area office buildings sound their fire alarms. One by one, thousands of office worker's spill onto the streets.

     It's not a real emergency but local agencies are treating it that way Their main concern is getting more than 4-thousand people out of the city's highest buildings. "One of the biggest things I hear in providence is that it's not going to happen to me it doesn't happen in Rhode island only on TV people need to understand they really need to prepare themselves and their family, " says Peter Gaynor, Providence Emergency Management Director.

     Once everyone filed out of their office, the next step was to get them to a staging area where they checked in and gave their names so emergency crews could figure out if anyone didn't make it out safely. City workers think this plan is necessary. "With everything that's happening around the world and everything it's actually pretty great because that way you know where to go and what to do and who to look for and just be better prepared, " explains Maria Radclife.

    It's the biggest drill of its kind in Providence and one they hope they never have to use. 




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