Oil spill simulation will test emergency preparedness

The Associated Press

Authorities in Shelby County plan to hold a disaster preparedness exercise involving a simulated oil spill near a river and a rail yard.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Shelby County plan to hold a disaster preparedness exercise involving a simulated oil spill near a river and a rail yard.

The county's Office of Preparedness says the multi-agency disaster drill is scheduled on Friday morning in downtown Memphis.

The drill will simulate an oil spill that threatens the Wolf River Chute and damages the Canadian National North Rail Yard.

Along with the Shelby County Office of Preparedness, the drill will include representatives from agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security-Infrastructure Protection, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and the Memphis fire and police departments.

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